Buddha’s Hand Citron

September 16, 2012

Buddha's Hand Citron

The Buddha’s hand citron (also known as Citrus medica var. sarcodactylis, ‘fingered citron’ or bushukan (ブッシュカン)) is a citrus primarily used for its appearance. The tree with its uniquely shaped fruit is an attractive addition to landscapes that may support other frost-sensitive citrus trees, and the fruit itself decorates Buddhist temples. (Though the “closed-hand” types rather than the illustrated “open-hand” type better signify the act of prayer.)

Culinarily, the thick rind of the fruit allows ample opportunity to infuse liquor with aromatic citrus compounds. These compounds also dissolve well into perfumes.

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