Makrut or Kaffir? What's in a name?

Darleen Darleen

Some of you may know that we have been naming one of our products Makrut Lime Leaf, which has caused much confusion for our locals in NZ and Australia.  I grew up in the Philippines until I was about 8 years old, we called it Makrut Lime and from then on I've always know it as that.

Until recently when trying to promote the Lime seasoning in NZ and Australia only to be constantly asked what is it?  I say, have you heard of Kaffir Limes?  Yeah, nah, yeah is the response and then why didn't you just call it Kaffir then?

Well my friends, this is explanation... Kafir means (in my world at least) any non Muslim, Kaffir is a derogatory name in South Africa and Makrut... well Makrut means exactly that!

However, due to number of enquiries we are receiving we have made a marketing decision to rename our lime seasoning product to "Kaffir Lime Seasoning"

We hope this doesn't get too many people offside, after all "what's in a name?"

Kaffir Lime Leaf and Makrut Lime Leaf



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Horopito Wild Herb Seasoning

Dean Fountain

Rhayne – Horopito Wild Herb Seasoning, Makrut Lime Leaf Salt, Porcini & Sea Salt.

Horopito is New Zealand's native pepper tree, sustainable, hand-picked from NZ native bush. These herb salt & pepper seasonings are chefs and home cooks best friend. 

Made in New Zealand with native spice and organic sea salt, freshly ground peppercorns; Makrut lime leaves. Provide a new addition to the spice rack. 

Guaranteed to be a talking point at the next BBQ, with Makrut Lime Leaf Salt suited with seafood and curries, with Horopito suited to meats and game.  

Hunters and Fisherman are impressed with our  lime, porcini and horopito subtle flavours to enhance their rewarding catch. Rhayne products are a great way to enhance the dishes you already prepare in your kitchen.

The Horopito bushes must be at least five years old before they are harvested.

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