Kaffir Leaves (frozen)
Valued for its fragrant leaves and its fruit's peel respectively, Kaffir lime leaves (Citrus hystrix) are popularly used in culinary and medicinal applications in both Southeast Asia as well as America. They are used in Thai, Indonesian, Cambodian and Lao dishes. They may be used fresh or dried, depending on the recipe.
Kaffir lime leaves are said to taste as though mandarin oranges, lemons and limes have been combined.
Kaffir lime leaves contain trace amounts of antioxidants. They also contain limonene and citronellol, which both contribute the flavor and fragrance of the leaves They have also shown to have antimicrobial properties.
Unless they are fresh, young and tender, Kaffir leaves are rarely eaten. When simmering soups and curries, the leaves should be used whole. They are finely shredded for use in dishes such as Tod Mun (fried fish cakes).