This is by far our most exotic Food Fact to date! We’re sure you had no idea what this fruit was or may have never even seen it! We know what you’re wondering next. What does it even taste like? How do you cook it? Do you eat it raw? Don’t worry! We’re going to breakdown everything you need to know about this exotic yet beautiful fruit we call, Buddha’s Hand.
What you need to know
Native to China, this fruit is a form of the citron, one of the four original citrus fruits from which most other citrus types are thought to have developed from. Technically known as Citrus medica var. sarcodactylis, Buddha’s Hand is also sometimes called “the fingered citron.” It is also related to the lemon. Who knew? It is segmented into finger-like sections so that it looks like a human hand. According to tradition, Buddha prefers the closed hand because it symbolizes the act of prayer.
Tasting the Hand
Buddha’s Hand smells sweet, a bit lemony even. Has a bitter yet sweet taste when trying a piece. It has no juice, seeds or pulp. The fruit can be used whole or can be zested. Change things up a bit even. Thinly slice pieces of the hand and pickle it for extra flavor and ways to use it. Or, you can even candy this crazy looking fruit. You decide! Wondering where to find this exotic fruit? It’s simple, check out your local farmers markets or even an Asian market.