Buddha’s Hand

Buddha's Hand

While shopping at one of my favorite stores (a grocery store, obviously!), I came across this:

Buddha's Hand

How interesting is that?  Of course, I had to get one to try for myself!

Buddha's Hand

Some quick research revealed:

  • referred to as fingered citron, because the fruit splits at the opposite end of the tree’s stem forming segments that have a wild finger-like appearance
  • flesh is void of juice, pulp and seeds

Buddha's Hand

Uses include:

  • Infuse light spirits such as vodka, flavor sugar or salt for use in other recipes
  • substitute anywhere standard lemon zest is requested
  • slice into strips and candy the peel in simple syrup

Buddha's Hand

The taste was quite interesting.  It was a tad sweeter than regular lemon, but definitely not as sweet as an orange.  I don’t know that I’d go out of my way to buy it again, but it was a fun experiment!  If I had it, a candied peel recipe or citron salt look like great ideas.

Have you ever seen or used this before?  Buddha’s Hand was definitely a new-to-me item!

I’m off to make green smoothies–gotta keep up with the challenge!  Have a great day!


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  1. says

    I’ve seen them at Caputos, hadn’t picked one up to try yet.

    We aren’t doing the green smoothies everyday but I made one today. Lemme know if any of yours come out brown hehe I’ve done it before but today’s combination didn’t taste how it looked lol :)

  2. says

    Wicked! I’ve never seen such a thing before but I must admit everytime I go to a Chinese supermarket I bump into something really cool. While I was in Mexico I tried starfruit and granadilla. They tasted good but I doubt I’d actually buy them because they’re expensive.

    Once again yay for green smoothies :)

  3. says

    That looks like Mariano’s! They have some odd stuff, but I”ve never seen it before.
    Favor it ask for a coworker…any recommendations for Thai food in AH? I wasn’t sure where the best place was and figured i would ask : )

  4. says

    I see these at The Fresh market all the time, and really want to try one–but they’re ridiculously expensive there (like, $6 each). I had no idea it was citrus-y even, I was under the impression it was going to be vaguely squash-like. Hmm, guess I’ll just buy a lemon until I find one on sale to experiment with.

  5. says

    I always see them on sale at WFM but I never buy them…they look so scary to me. I applaud your daring and adventurousness (and now I know I probably would not enjoy one :)

  6. says

    Cool, isn’t it? I see them from time to time. I’m allergic to oranges, so I’m not eager to try a new citrus, but I did get one of these to make a recipe for the rest of the family. I was making a Julekake and that required candied citron. I wasn’t too impressed with the ingredients in the store bought candied citron and I was going to use David Leibovitz’s recipe, but…. well, I bought my Buddha’s hand from the discounted produce shelf for 99 cents (they are usually quite expensive) and I didn’t get around to the recipe in time. Perhaps next year.

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