Citrus Hystrix, (Kaffir Lime or Mauritius Papeda)
The Citrus Hystrix come from India, and is widely spread in the Republic of Mauritius, in the Indian Ocean. It was imported to Europe in 1808, in the city of Nîmes first, near Montpellier, by the captain of a ship. It got to Italy in 1825, when it was bought by Professor Gaetano Salvi for the Orto Botanico di Pisa (Pisa’s botanical garden).
USES AND FUN FACTS
The Citrus Hystrix has an irregular foliage growth and little spines. Its has oval-oblong deep green leaves, with a winged petiole as big as the leaf.
This tree’s flowers are small, white and perfumed. Its globular fruits have a yellow-greenish colour and a typically wrinkled peel. You can extract a very bitterish and sour juice from the fruits’ pulp.