Buddha´s Hand Fruit
- the holy lemon....
Buddha's hand belongs to the family of citrus plants, although they are not similar to other citrus fruits. It comes originally from the north-east of India. The fruit is segmented into finger-like parts, and is bright yellow. The fruit has 5 to 20 long yellow fingers. It reminds a bit the head of a Medusa. The fruit has a thick, aromatic cup and little white pulp. The white flesh is not juicy and contains no nuclei. Unlike most citrus fruit, the bowl of the Buddha's hand is not bitter.
Buddhas hand fruit
Calcium, fiber, phosphorus and vitamin C.
Buddha Buddha's hand or Buddha´s fingers is segmented into finger-like parts, and is bright yellow.
Buddha's hand is mostly used to impart flavor dishes. The fruit is popular in desserts, salads. The bowl of the Buddha's hand can be used for sauces and dressings, with citrus nuances to improve. The thick skin of the fingers has a strong flavor and can be eaten. Buddha's hand is a great substitute for regular lemons.
When to eat
When Buddha's hand is freshly cut or is scratched even slightly with your fingernails, it overwhelms your senses with lemon odor. Avoid fruit with soft or brown spots. Preserve Buddha's hand in the refrigerator and use within a few days.
Buddha's hand is also called Buddha's fingers. The fruit can be given as a religious offering in Buddhist temples. According to tradition, Buddha prefers the "fingers" of the fruit so that they resemble a closed hand, as closed hands symbolize a praying hand which prays for him.
The golden fruit is especially popular at New Year because it brings good luck to the house and the family.
In China and Japan, Buddha's hand is primarily used as an air freshener. The fruit is also popular in fragrances and perfumes with citrus base.
Remove the fingers and wash them. Now they can be peeled. Then the fingers can be cut into pieces. Add the Buddha finger raw or cooked in dishes.
The bitterness of this beatiful citrus fragrance fruit is perfect to make candied citrus peel for baking use or you can eat it by itself.
Use it´s complex and rich aroma to make hot or cold infusions. Take it for a limoncello like Wodka infusion or rich homemade punches and other quenchy drinks, or you can use it as a hot infusion like a house medicine tea against a flue.
Buddha's hand fruit turns a simple steamed fish and vegetable dish in a aromatic highlight. Grated with a microblade for fish ceviches, for sushis, sashimis and homemade vinaigrettes for salads.
Give it as a nice present, and make somebody happy.
Use the zest to make scented sugar and aromatic salt mixes.
Or just use the whole fruit to decorate your table for an exotic summer designed table for Lunches and dinners. A great centerpiece, surprising, but with a wonderful fragrance.