I first made this recipe last year and I used this recipe as written. It is a small tree which becomes laden with these weird and wonderful fruits in spring. The Buddha’s hand fruit has no flesh, just the pith, and the aromatic skin. Posted by Morag Gamble on October 30, 2017 in Permaculture Garden | 1538 Views . I have had a Buddha s hand tree for a few years and the fruit is fragrant and beautiful but I ve never had a use for it until now. For Diet. The shrub or small tree has long, irregular branches covered in thorns. Buddha's hand fruit is very fragrant and is used predominantly in China, Malaysia and Japan for perfuming rooms and personal items such as clothing. The fruit may be given as a religious offering in Buddhist temples. How to Eat. Check with your doc if you have concerns about whether buddha’s hand is safe for you to eat. It kind of looks like a squd-y, squiggly lemon, with plenty of funny yellowy tentacles. Buddha’s hands are citrons, which usually look like big, rough lemons, but with less juice. When Is Buddha's Hand In Season Like many citrus, buddha’s hand citron fruits come into season in the fall and last through the winter, typically from late October through January. Otherwise, this citron has 100% of FruitStand’s recommended daily intake of deliciousness! To “eat” the fruit, you can use a zester, sharp knife, or grater to remove the outer, fragrant rind. I found the candied Buddha s hand to be very bitter so much so that I threw it all away. While the Buddha's hand has no juice, the fruit remains edible in it's own right. 13 Ways to use Buddhas Hand – a most unusual and delightful citrus. sarcodactylis) is such a curiosity. The yellow skin is bitter, while the white pith is pleasent and mild with a flavor that recalls the union of a cucumber and a grapefruit. Ingredients: 1 Buddha's Hand Citron 3 cups sugar 3 cups water Tools: cutting board knife medium saucepot soup spoon glass of ice water strainer or colander cookie sheet “You don’t!” Although edible, nutritious and highly aromatic the Buddha’s hand fruit is best used to flavour like a lemon peel minus the sourness or bitterness. Candied Buddha's Hand Citron can be eaten by the fistful or you could add it to a loaf of Pannetone, Christmas Pudding, Fruit Cake or any other baked good that needs a fragrant chewy bite in it. How do you eat Buddha’s hand? It’s unusual form and exquisite aroma is a delight in my food forest. I m not sure if I did something wrong or my fruit was over ripe? Religious. Buddha’s Hand resembles a hand in prayer, unlike any other citron varieties the fruit’s “fingers” contain only the white pith part of the fruit and sometimes a small amount of acidic pulp, but many of the fruit are completely juiceless and some are seedless. Meet the Edward Scissorhands of fruits — the Buddha’s hand. Despite the lack of juice and the very thick pith, it is not bitter, just sweet, and floral. Buddha’s hand (Citrus medica var.