When you see a buddha’s hand citron fruit for the first time you may wonder, how in the world do I eat this beautiful thing? The buddha’s hand fruit has out-of-this-world flavor reminiscent of citron crossed with lemon and yuzu, and is surprisingly easy to prepare!
Also known as the finger citron, Buddha’s hand is named for its unique shape that resembles the way fingers and hands look in a prayer position. Both the thin peel and dense pith of the buddha’s hand are edible. They’re seedless, which makes for much easier slicing!
Buddha’s hand can be eaten raw, and is often used for its flavorful peel that contains concentrated, flavorful essential oils. Inside, the dense pith is firm, crunchy and has a delightfully sweet flavor that you’d never expect from citrus fruit pith. Unlike other citrus fruits, buddha’s hand’s pith is sweet and crunchy, not tough and bitter.
They may not be juicy, but that doesn’t stop buddha’s hand citron from being incredibly delicious and useful in the kitchen. Zest or shave it into salads, cook it into candies and jams, and infuse almost any beverage with its aromatic, lemony flavor. Some of the most common preparations of buddha’s hand are raw uses like zesting, concentrated into a sweet marmalade-like tea, and cooked with sugar for sour candies. Use it in just about any recipe that calls for citrus zest for a new take on classic favorites.
Here are the most common ways for preparing buddha's hand for just about any recipe.