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Boutique Citrus is proud to be the suppliers of Australian Finger Limes to Martin Benn, Chef & Patron of Sepia Restaurant. Martin is an incredibly talented chef whose creativity, hard work and vision resulted in 2015 being a year of awards and recognition – both in Australia and internationally.

Martin has been using Finger Limes for many years now, which feature on his menu when in season.  His food is completely unique – beautiful to look at, delicate and totally delicious! Added to his amazing professionalism, we have found him to be a lovely person to work with.  Boutique Citrus is so very thrilled for the opportunity to work with Martin and to see him being recognised for his amazing work. Here’s what Martin had to say about us:

I was first introduced to Greg and Amanda Childe-Freeman of Boutique Citrus a few years back when I was researching for a particular style and colour of native Finger Lime for one of my best known dishes ‘The Pearl’.

As chefs we strive to find the very best, unique produce available to us, from like minded, passionate growers and farmers. Boutique Citrus grows a wide range of Finger Lime varieties which include, Rainforest Pearl (my absolute favourite), Chartreuse, Pink Ice and Emerald – all with that distinct crisp pop and sweet, zingy citrus bite that is truly a taste of Australia.

Boutique Citrus is a customer drive, family business that you can rely on for guaranteed freshness and quality produce every time.’

Take a look at some of Martin’s awards:


Gardening Australia features Finger Limes

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Gardening Australia features Finger Limes

Gardening Australia features Finger Limes

We were thrilled to be contacted by Gardening Australia last year to provide them with information for their piece on Australian Native Citrus – focusing on Finger Limes. Presenter, Angus Stewart showcased several Finger Lime varieties which we have on our beautiful Boutique Citrus orchard. He discussed various issues that can arise when growing Finger Limes and offered some handy tips – it was great hearing him use content we have written and developed for our website. We were delighted that the team at Gardening Australia...

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Pruning Your Finger Lime Tree

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Pruning Your Finger Lime Tree

Pruning Your Finger Lime Tree

We recently had an enquiry from someone wanting to know the best methods for pruning their Finger Lime tree. Just like other citrus varieties, Finger Limes respond well to pruning. It’s important to keep in mind however, that they are slower growing than other citrus so don’t prune heavily unless there is disease. When doing your pruning, ensure that you are allowing light to get into the trees – this assists in better flowering and fruit set. It also minimises fruit damage from thorn and leaf rub and allows for easier...

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Finger Limes – Getting the best out of your fresh or frozen fruit

Posted by on Mar 16, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Finger Limes – Getting the best out of your fresh or frozen fruit

Finger Limes – Getting the best out of your fresh or frozen fruit

Finger Limes have a relatively short season – only a few months, which is one of the reasons why they are a niche product. Short season fruit usually has a short shelf life too, however at Boutique Citrus we have refined our picking and packing processes to ensure your fruit stays fresher for longer. To ensure supply to our clients, we freeze a portion of our harvest as soon as it has been sorted and we recommend our clients freeze their Finger Limes if they might not be able to use them within a week. Using the fruit once it’s...

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Smart Farmer Magazine – Finger Limes

Posted by on Mar 3, 2016 in About | Comments Off on Smart Farmer Magazine – Finger Limes

Smart Farmer Magazine – Finger Limes

We are firm believers that more people need to learn more about the amazing Finger Lime. After making a few calls a little earlier in the year, we were lucky to receive a visit from Kate Stark, Editor of the fabulous publication Smart Farmer.  A Finger Lime novice, Kate had yet to experience the thrill of tasting this wonderful native Australian fruit. We never tire of seeing people try our Finger Limes but Kate took it to a whole new level! Her excitement and joy was as natural as the Finger Lime and we were thrilled to be the ones providing...

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Martin Benn Finger Lime Connoisseur

Posted by on Mar 3, 2016 in About, Blog | Comments Off on Martin Benn Finger Lime Connoisseur

Martin Benn Finger Lime Connoisseur

Boutique Citrus is proud to be the suppliers of Australian Finger Limes to Martin Benn, Chef & Patron of Sepia Restaurant. Martin is an incredibly talented chef whose creativity, hard work and vision resulted in 2015 being a year of awards and recognition – both in Australia and internationally. Martin has been using Finger Limes for many years now, which feature on his menu when in season.  His food is completely unique – beautiful to look at, delicate and totally delicious! Added to his amazing professionalism, we have found...

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Buying Finger Limes!

Posted by on Feb 14, 2016 in About | Comments Off on Buying Finger Limes!

Buying Finger Limes!

Buying Finger Limes Have you seen Finger Limes while you’re buying your weekly groceries? While you don’t often see Finger Limes in the mainstream supermarkets, the best chefs in Australia and all over the world are in love with this beautiful native Australian Fruit. These culinary artists lead the way in setting food trends that us regular consumers follow and help spread the word about the latest and greatest in food and cooking techniques. The bubbles of citrus caviar are so delicious in flavour and always exciting to eat. At...

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Growing Healthy Finger Lime Trees

Posted by on Jan 25, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Growing Healthy Finger Lime Trees

Growing Healthy Finger Lime Trees

Ask any chef or great cook for five of their kitchen pantry staples and more often than not, you’ll see lemons or citrus on their list. Delicious in sweet and savoury dishes, drinks, sauces and dressings, citrus is a ‘must have’ ingredient across most cuisines. Citrus’s popularity is also enhanced by the fact that the trees are easy to grow and most varieties give fruit more than once a year. Forgiving most of the time (unless setting fruit) they are hardy, evergreen and make a fantastic patio or garden plant. Growing Tips for...

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How to Look After Your Finger Lime Tree

Posted by on Jan 15, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on How to Look After Your Finger Lime Tree

                  Polka Dot Variety An Australian rain forest plant only found in South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales, Finger Lime trees do well in full sun and prefer well drained soils with a pH of 5 – 6.5. A light  NPK (Nitrogen, Phosphorous & Potassium) fertiliser is recommended prior to flower development and again once the fruit has set and greater than 2cm long. Because of their rain forest history, Finger Lime trees require regular watering, especially throughout...

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Finger Lime Vodka and Liqueur

Posted by on Dec 30, 2014 in Blog, News | Comments Off on Finger Lime Vodka and Liqueur

Finger Lime Vodka and Liqueur

We are thrilled to share these two gorgeous products from Stone Pine Distillery featuring Boutique Citrus Finger Limes. Incredibly popular at the Brisbane Good Food & Wine Show in October, we were very excited about trying these two Native Australian spirits but the ever crowded ‘Nip of Courage’ stand had run out of Finger Lime stock! Clearly the word had spread fast about these tasty drinks! The Vodka is a clean, neutral spirit that allows the Finger Lime to display its wonderfully complex citrus character with no holds...

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2015 Finger Lime Harvest Almost Here!

Posted by on Dec 27, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on 2015 Finger Lime Harvest Almost Here!

  Exciting times ahead at Boutique Citrus with the 2015 Finger Lime harvest only weeks away! We’ve had some incredibly hot weather over the last couple of months which the Finger Limes love. We are fortunate to have abundant spring fed dams on our property which means we can always ensure our orchard has the right moisture levels – this is critical to the growth of the Finger Limes from flowering through to harvest. Our beautiful, healthy trees are literally laden with fruit which is getting fatter and juicier by the day...

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