Friday, December 16, 2011

Buddha's Hand

What an odd lemony thing!  It is so fragrant and unusual that I couldn't resist buying it at the grocery store yesterday for about $2.50.  The Buddha's hand is indigenous to the lower Himalaya's and it grows as a shrub in frost-free areas like Southern California. This seasonal citron arrives in late fall & early winter. It has a thick peel and is, surprisingly, juiceless!

Use as zest and add to seafood, baking, salads, dressings and cocktails.

Store it at room temperature for up to 2 weeks, in the fridge for up to 4 weeks or zest and freeze for up to six months.

I plan to "candy" it for baking lemon chocolate chip scones.


  1. About once a year, we would get a couple of these oddities amongst our "real" lemons on our tree in CA. I never knew people actually wanted them or I would have saved them for you, Frieda, to add to one of your delicious creations!

  2. That is really cool...even mother nature has a sense of humor!


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