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About Buddha's Hand

Buddha's Hand is a seasonal fruit with a strikingly unusual look described as a lemon with fingers. It is thought to have originated in India, with Buddhist monks bringing it to China. Buddha's Hand is often served in China around the new year because it symbolizes wealth, longevity, and happiness. 

In some areas, this unique fruit is called the fingered citron because of the citrus flavor and the fingerlike appearance. It has a sweet and floral aroma and a mild zest on the outside, and inside, it is all rind and pith, with very little and sometimes no flesh. Buddha's Hand also has no seeds. The thick rind is edible and often grated and added to sweeten things such as candy and cocktails. 

Buddha's Hand has a short season that starts in October and peaks in the winter months. When it first starts growing, the hand is closed, but as it matures, the hands and fingers spiral out, almost like an octopus. 

You can use Buddha's Hand in many different ways:
  • Substitute it for lemon zest. Zest the ring of the Buddha's Hand in almost anything that calls for lemon zest.
  • Mix it into salad dressing. Create a dressing from olive oil, salt, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, garlic, minced thyme, and some Buddha's Hand zest. Let sit overnight and then use on an arugula and prosciutto salad. 
  • Toss it with pasta. Add grated Buddha's Hand to pasta tossed with olive oil and garlic. 
  • Put the rind in a cocktail with vodka or gin. Or make your own infused alcohol by adding sliced Buddha's Hand to your favorite spirit and sealing it in a jar. Shake it up, and then let it sit for a week. Use a strainer to separate the fruit from the alcohol, add a splash of club soda, and muddle in some fresh basil. 
  • Candy it. Dice up some Buddha's Hand and simmer with water and sugar or honey until it reaches 230 degrees. Remove from the heat and let cool before draining the liquid.
  • Make simple syrup. Take the liquid leftover from making candied Buddha's Hand and save it. Use the simple syrup to sweeten cocktails.

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