I found my Buddha's Hand on the rejects rack at the Middletown Stop & Shop
. There were two in a green Styrofoam tray for the attractive price of 75 cents [US
]. Nobody working in the Produce section knew what it was used for, but I bought it anyway. Made for an intriguing ornament in a fruit dish on Christmas Day. That's it "holding" a tangerine. The fruit has a distinctive, albeit subtle, citrusy scent. Quite pleasant, actually.
When I got home I Googled Buddha's Hand and learned that it's used as a garnish for various Chinese and other Asian cuisine dishes. It's also made into a candy, rather like one might do with lemon or orange rinds after boiling in a sugar syrup. Caroline Carter writing on San Francisco Foodie provided a recipe for this confection
that's quite simple.
The magazine Flavor and Fortune
provides a brief history and a couple of recipes
about and for the use of Buddha's Hand citron. The article noted that one Buddha's Hand can sell at Balducci's
in New York City for $10 [US
] so I got quite a deal
Labels: citrus fruits, foods, garnish