One of the interesting things we see in nature is that goodness comes in all shapes and sizes. Though this strange looking fruit is still uncommon in the Indian market, you will be shocked to know that it has originated in the north-east part of India itself. The Indian Buddhist monks have been known to introduce it in China during the fourth century AD.
Chinese call this fruit with the name ‘Fo-shou’. The finger-looking fruit was given the name Buddha’s hand because of its similarity with Gautama Buddha’s hand. It is usually seen in a lemon yellow colour. People in China, Japan, and India believe that the fruit brings positivity and good fortune.
Just like other citrus fruits, it also needs warm and temperate climatic conditions to grow. The fruit doesn’t have any pulp or juice. But just because you can’t make juice out of it, doesn’t mean it’s not edible. As it belongs to the citrus family, Buddha’s hand can be consumed by adding it in the honey to make a marmalade. It will add a flavour to your usual honey. The shredded zest can also be added on salad dressings, drinks, and baked goods.
Also, because of its aesthetic shape, many people use it to make a beautiful centerpiece to add elements to the home decor. Moreover, it can naturally fill up your space with a fresh and scented aroma.
This fruit is so versatile and you can experiment a lot with it. So, next time when you see Buddha’s hand in the market, remember to try it out.
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I just love this citron…so interesting and delicious and great to use as we have both done. Thanks for sharing.