5 years ago

The craziest fruit you’ll ever see

It may look like a cross between a lemon and Edward Scissorhands…but Buddha’s hand citron is a wonderful fruit that everyone should try!

Its ancestor, the citron, is thought to have been brought to ancient China by Buddhist monks, and today Chinese farmers grow at least six different types of Buddha’s hand on 5,000 acres just south of Shanghai. The fruit is also commercially grown in small quantities in California.

Buddha’s hand has a thick rind with no juice, seeds or pulp, and is used mostly for its zest and peel. It’s known for its sweet aroma and can even be set out on a table as a natural air freshener!

Here are some other ways to use your Buddha’s hand:

Cocktails: Use the rind to infuse vodka or gin.

Candy>: The rind is sweet, not bitter, and is delicious candied.

Zest: Buddha’s hand can be used as a substitute in most recipes calling for citrus zest. It’s also a lovely way to top a salad and delicious in oil and vinegar dressings.

Spices: Use the zest to make scented sugar or flavored salt – wonderful homemade gifts!

Display: Leave a Buddha’s hand out on your table as a seasonal centerpiece. Trust us, it makes a great conversation starter.

When selecting a Buddha’s hand, choose one with firm, bright peels, with no soft spots, blemishes or limp fingers. Store at room temperature for up to two weeks.

Look for Buddha’s hand citron in our produce department.

Sources:
About Food
The Kitchn
Smithsonian