Kaffir Lime

A large basket of dark green leaves is probably the most unusual thing you might see at the curry spice stall. These are the leaves (bai ma-groot) of the kaffir lime tree. The leaves give off a strong lime aroma, and are an important ingredient in many Thai soups and curries, not to mention one of Chiang Mai’s most famous foods, the spicy sausage called sai ooa.

Kaffir Lime

A large basket of dark green leaves is probably the most unusual thing you might see at the curry spice stall. These are the leaves (bai ma-groot) of the kaffir lime tree. The leaves give off a strong lime aroma, and are an important ingredient in many Thai soups and curries, not to mention one of Chiang Mai's most famous foods, the spicy sausage called sai ooa. The leaves not only give their citrus taste to any dish, they also lend their strong fragrance.

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