Finger Limes, this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week are relative newcomers to California, but not to the Certified Farmers’ Market, thanks to the farmers at Bautista Creek Farms. They’ve been bringing a small crop of this seasonal citrus delicacy to local shoppers for the last couple of years. Finger Limes, sometimes called the caviar of the Citrus family, are small, cylindrically-shaped and finger-sized limes that are just bursting with a delicious and intense lime flavor.
Finger Limes have a thin skin that can range from purplish or greenish black (the most typical color), to light green or rusty red. When the fruit is cut in half, the juice vesicles, which are under pressure, bubble out. Unlike the tender, tear-drop-shaped juice sacs in other citrus fruits, the translucent, greenish-white or pinkish vesicles in Finger Limes are round and firm, and pop on the tongue like caviar. The rind oil is also quite aromatic, and contains isomenthone, which is common in mint but rare in citrus.
Finger Limes can be used fresh, or for drinks, jellies, jams or pickles. They are also perfect as an edible garnish for sushi, salads, appetizers and desserts.
Did you know Finger Limes (Citrus australasica) are originally from the lowland subtropical rainforest and dry rainforest in the coastal border region of Queensland and New South Wales, Australia. It has only recently begun to be developed for commercial production, both in Australia, and in the United States.
Price: 20 cents each
All Certified Farmers’ Markets accept CalFresh EBT Cards, WIC Farmers’ Market Checks, and Senior Farmers’ Market Checks. The Markets also offer Market Bucks that can be purchased using charge cards or cash, then used at the market for purchases.
Palm Desert Certified Farmers’ Market: NEW HOURS in Palm Desert only (8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.). The Market is held at 72-599 Highway 111 (adjacent to the Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce).
Palm Springs Certified Farmers’ Market: The Market is held at 2300 Baristo Rd. (adjacent to The Camelot Theatres)
La Quinta Certified Farmers’ Market: The Market is held in Old Town La Quinta at 78100 Main Street (off Calle Tampico).
The Certified Farmers’ Markets are the Coachella Valley’s only State and County Certified Farmers’ Markets. That means all the fruits, vegetables, meats and other products that are on sale at the markets have been grown on California Certified farms. In addition, almost all the farms are located within a 90 mile radius of the markets (thus reducing the carbon footprint), and many of the products sold are “USDA Certified Organic.”
The Certified Farmers Markets are sponsored by the Palm Springs Cultural Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which was established to encourage the development of the cultural arts in the Coachella Valley with a specific focus in the areas of film, fine art, live performance, dance, music, and community festivals. The Center is dedicated to advancing education, to nurturing community-wide participation in the cultural arts, and to sponsoring scholarship awards for deserving individuals.