Buddha fingers

Buddha fingers

  • +Description

    The Buddha finger is a member of the citrus family, although it does not resemble other citrus. Buddha fingers are native to North-eastern India. The fruit is segmented into finger-like sections and is bright yellow. Its long yellow fingers can number from 5 to 20. The fruit has a thick, aromatic peel and only a small amount of white flesh. The white flesh is not juicy and contains no seeds. Unlike most citrus fruits, Buddha fingers do not have a bitter core.

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    Buddha fingers are available from Israel.

  • +Main nutrients

    Calcium, Fiber, Phosphorus, Vitamin C.

Main varieties

  • Buddha fingers

    Buddha fingers

    Buddha fingers or Buddha's hand is segmented into finger-like sections and is bright yellow.

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Preparation

Preparation

Cut of the fingers and wash them. From here, the skin may be peeled. Then the fingers can be sliced into pieces. Either add the Buddha fingers raw or cooked to a dish.

Consumption

Buddha fingers are commonly used to flavour a dish. The fruit is popular for the use in desserts, salads and savoury dishes. Buddha fingers rind give citrus nuances to enhance sauces or dressings. The thick peel of the fingers have a strong aroma and can be eaten. Buddha fingers are a great substitute for ordinary lemons.

When to eat

Buddha fingers should overwhelm your senses with lemon when freshly cut or even lightly scratched with your fingernail. Avoid any fingers with soft or brown spots. Buddha fingers can best be kept refrigerated and consumed within a few days.

Did you know?

  • Buddha fingers have many names including: Buddha's hand, Buddha's hand citron, Fingered citron and Goblin fingers.
  • The fruit may be given as a religious offering in Buddhist temples. According to tradition, Buddha prefers the "fingers" of the fruit to be in a position where they resemble a closed hand, as closed hands symbolize to Buddha the act of prayer.
  • The golden fruit is especially popular at New Year, for it is believed to bestow good fortune on a household.
  • In China and Japan, Buddha fingers are mainly used as an air freshener.  The fruit is also popular in fragrances and perfumes with a citrus base.