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If life gives you lemons, make us a lemonade. That sounds more or less like an Anglo-Saxon saying that I love very much and that comes to mind every time we talk about lemons. It will also apply when it comes to the Buddha hand lemon? It is not this question that we will answer in the next lines in which we will instead explore the properties of this particular fruit, its history and its characteristics.
Buddha's hand lemon: how it's done
This particular citrus fruit has a very particular shape that we can connect to its common name, as it actually looks like a hand. The real term, the scientific one, with which the plant on which this lemon grows is called is Citrus medica var. sarcodactylus. It is a very particular variety of cedar that produces fruits with segments that have a truly original shape, I would say unique in the world or almost. It grows in temperate climate conditions, especially in valleys. The fruit is roundish as a whole but there are folds that form fingers, which make the lemon look like a hand.
It is more difficult to explain in words than to look at how a Buddha hand lemon in a photo. In our part of Italy it is not easy to find it but neither is it impossible, but it is not native to our continent. It comes to us from Asia where it grows on small trees and bushes. It is common in countries such as China, Japan and Northern India. Surprisingly, we also find it in some areas of the United States with a favorable climate.
Buddha's hand lemon: what does it taste like
This lemon is not as sour as we are used to thinking traditional lemon. It can also be sensed by smelling its much more delicate scent, which only makes you imagine a citrus fruit but does not make you suspect that it is variety of Lemon. Thanks to this elegant and highly appreciated characteristic, with the sense of smell, this lemon is used to perfume linen and clothes inside drawers or wardrobes. This does not detract from the fact that it can also be used in the kitchen, for example for the preparation of candied fruit.
The peel in particular is selected and, always the peel, can also be ingested once fermented. The whole fruit is the protagonist of drinks a alcohol based, such as liqueurs, to be prepared by boiling this lemon to prevent the peel from being too hard and therefore unpleasant. There are also those who use Buddha's hand lemon to give an exotic and undoubtedly original touch even to classic salads. The zest is always taken and cut into very thin slices, also useful for giving flavor to desserts. Fragrant and delicate, and with very few calories, it can also be the basis for tasty jams.
It is certainly not easy to use this lemon in the kitchen or in other contexts because its shape is so particular but it is not entirely practical and easy. Consequently the pulp has a strange shape and above all it is not abundant. That is why in most of the examples we have done, what is used is the peel and not the pulp, which would seem strange if we were speaking of an orange or a grapefruit. The only good thing is that it often doesn't have seeds. It is curious, however, to think of how at first glance to some Westerners traveling to the East, some time ago it appeared like a bunch of bananas. The color isn't very different, but there aren't many other elements in common.
Buddha's hand lemon: tradition
In addition to having a particular shape, this citrus it has its history and fame especially in the parts where it was born.
In Japan his name is "Bushukan"and whoever keeps a copy at home is considered a lucky person. Often the Japanese exchange one of these fruits on New Year's Eve, to wish each other wonderful days to come but its shape is so artistic that it is sometimes more welcome and interesting than that of flowers and leads it to be a centerpiece or an element decorative.
Also in China it is considered as a good luck charm. It can be found once again at the center of the table or as a gift of good luck but it is also used in the kitchen or to perfume the home, or as a natural remedy with a tonic and stimulating effect for the body. You will hear him calling "Fo-shou”, Symbol of prosperity, fertility and longevity.
So far we have explained why "but no" but why of Buddha? Given where it is grown, we can imagine it. For a long time this fruit was a gift of thanksgiving to offer to Buddha. It is also curious to note that if two of these lemons come close they look like two hands joined in prayer.
Buddha hand lemon
Buying one of your plants on Amazon is also possible very easily. Let us remember that must be treated with care, because it does not grow in its native environment and must not undergo temperature changes or be hit by too much sun.