Buddha’s hand

A surprising variety of citron


Buddha’s hand comes from India. It is a citrus fruit of the citron variety, split into several finger-like sections. The size of a pineapple, it has thick skin that is yellow when ripe. Its flesh is low in acidity and seedless. It is not bitter or juicy. The fruit is highly fragrant. Its zest can be used or it can be thinly sliced to garnish salads or fish. It is also delicious candied. Reputed to bring good luck, it is given as an offering in Buddhist temples.

Buddha’s hand is associated with many benefits, such as treating coughs and relieving stomach aches, diarrhoea, cramps, bloating, constipation and menstrual pain.