Botanical Name

Citrus glauca

Also Known As

Native cumquat, Desert lemon, Wild lime, Limebush


Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia


Pleasant, sharp and mildly sweet citrus taste


Eaten whole by Indigenous Australians as a source of nutrients or to quench thirst. Used for generations by Europeans to make cordials, sauces, garnishes, marmalades, pickles and chutneys.

Additional Info

Desert lime is a very rich source of calcium and contains high levels of Vitamin C, folate (Vitamin B9), Vitamin E and lutein.

Desert Limes have a very thin rind which is virtually tasteless, they are often seedless and can be used whole in cooking.

It is the quickest citrus species in the world to set fruit after flowering.

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