A Canadian Masters student recently ran a campaign to end the use of the term Kaffir Lime when referring to Makrut Lime.
Veronica Vinje wants the name of the southeast Asian fruit to be changed because of the racist slur of the fruit’s popular name in some countries.
With the @KaffirNoMore campaign, Vinje is encouraging people to post photos of menus, recipes and signs with the k-word to @KaffirNoMore’s twitter profile. Using this profile, she tags businesses, asking them to change the fruit’s name to makrut.
There have been questions raised about the connotation of the K-word in Makrut lime’s original name. According to some experts, the term Kaffir Lime has no link whatsoever to other uses of the k-word, and is strictly a southeast Asian term.
She says that she would be happy for someone from South Africa to take over the twitter profile, as her project in Canada has lost momentum
Southeast Asian cuisine
The use of Makrut lime and its leaves have gained popularity both in South Africa and other parts of the world due to the trend towards Thai cuisine as well as international cookery shows on television.