Buddha’s Hand Citron

One of the oldest members of the citrus family, this large lemon like fruit is segmented into finger like sections. Although it has the fragrance of a lemon it has no juicy pulp beneath its rind.

Buddha's Hand Citron
Buddha’s Hand Citron

It is grown for its fragrant rind and non bitter pulp. The origin of Buddha’s hand plant is traced back to Northern India and China. Many Chinese and Japanese households hang it in their homes as a natural air freshener but I think that it’s best enjoyed at the table.

My favorite way to use them is:

(1) thinly slice and sprinkle with sea salt and use as snacks or serve with cocktails

(2) with a potato peeler cut many very thin slices and add to a salad or use them as a salad base with thinly sliced onions and oil-cured ripe black olives


Other uses are:

(1) make citron tea by adding slices to a cup of boiled water

(2)  candied citron slices

(3) use to make citron marmalade

(4) add slices to flavor water, no acid

(5) add slices to fish or chicken dishes

(6) saute thin strips with garlic and olive oil, add to cooked vegetables


The peak season is late fall and early winter and theyIMG_0548

are currently available at Whole Foods Markets.