Buddha’s Hand citron is a tree citrus with a deep lemon yellow colour when mature. The fruit morphs from small and purple, to green, and then yellow, splitting at the opposite end of the tree’s stem forming segments that have a wild finger-like appearance. A fruit will have its own unique shape and can range in size, from a large lemon to a small melon. Buddha’s Hand citron features an oily rind with a fragrant sweet lemon scent. Its flesh is void of juice, pulp, and seeds, and is inedible in its raw form. Buddha’s Hand citron is commonly utilized for its zest and has a flavour that is described as a blend of bitter and sweet acidity. Harvest in late fall through early winter months. Current Facts Buddha’s Hand citron, botanically known as Citrus medica variety sarcodactylis, is also commonly known as fingered citron. bushukan in Japan, and foshou in China. In China the Buddha’s Hand citron symbolizes happiness and long life. In Japan, the Buddha’s Hand citron is a favourite gift for New Years as it is believed to bestow good fortune on a household. Buddha’s Hand contains no pulp or juice and is used for its fragrant zest.
Don’t let its unassuming exterior fool you, because this mottled green citrus is truly delectable. Its size rivals that of a grapefruit, with a milder, much sweeter taste, fibrous sections inside and a slight protrusion at the base that looks like an “outie” navel. The Ugli fruit, however, was purportedly discovered in a Jamaican pasture in 1917. Now believed to be a natural cross between a mandarin orange and a grapefruit.