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Jamie Oliver has dropped the term ‘Kaffir lime leaves’ in his recipes after concerns were raised about the word which has historically been used as a racial slur in South Africa.
The TV chef, 46, has now removed the term ‘Kaffir lime leaves’ from his online recipes and will now simply use ‘lime leaves’ going forward.
The ingredient comes from South-East Asia and is frequently used in curries to add a sour, zesty flavour, and Jamie has already altered the online recipe for his famous quick chicken laksa.
Derived from the Southeast Asian citrus hystrix plant, kaffir lime leaves are a popular ingredient in everything from Indonesian traditional medicine to Thai coconut curry.
The term ‘Kaffir’ is a highly offensive slur that was historically used to refer to people of colour particularly in South Africa during the Apartheid era of the 20th century.
The TV chef, 46, has now removed the term ‘Kaffir lime leaves’ from his online recipes and will now simply use ‘lime leaves’ going forward
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Using the term in South Africa today could potentially land a person in jail.
Jamie now has plans to edit all of his recipes following the concerns.
A source close to the TV star told Daily Mail : “I can confirm that we're also making the change – to lime leaves – and won't be using the term going forward.
“Historical recipe content will be reviewed accordingly.”
Jamie now has plans to edit all of his recipes following the concerns
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It comes as UK supermarket chains including Tesco and Waitrose banned the use of the word on their products.
Other brands which are also in the process of updating the names include Sainsbury’s and Co-op.
Last week, Waitrose was the first supermarket to announce its plan to change the product name in a bid to avoid causing offence to customers.
“This name change is a crucial step in recognising how important it is for us to listen to customers and educate ourselves when it comes to the language we use,” Waitrose grocery trading manager Helena Dennis explained.
Jamie Oliver has dropped the term ‘Kaffir lime leaves’ in his recipes after concerns were raised about the word
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“While some of our customers may be unaware of the connotations of this particular word, it’s important to us that we avoid offending anyone who shops with us.
“It is changes like this that ensure we are moving forward.”
Jamie has followed in the footsteps of UK supermarkets Waitrose and Tesco
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The South African limes aren’t the only food receiving a makeover in a bid to dispel racism.
Last year, American food brands including Uncle Ben’s and Aunt Jemima overhauled their controversial imagery to promote equality following the police killings of George Floyd.
The Mirror has reached out to Jamie's representatives for further comment on this story.