The fingered citron is not a rare mutation of a citron but rather an ancient variety from a formerly isolated population that then spread to Yunnan and southwestern Tibet. Buddha hand citrons have neither pulp nor seed, they are reproduced mainly by plant cuttings.
The growing location is the single most important factor in the quality of the essential oil which can be extremely variable. Our Portuguese Buddha hand citron are produced in a coastal climate, without extremes in heat or cold creating a richer, fuller fragrance.
We extract from either green or green/yellow fruit in order to preserve the osmanthus note that is the charm of this essential oil. The scent is powerful and persistent and citronellal plays a key role.
Each Buddha Hand is carefully cultivated and handpicked at the peak of ripeness to ensure optimal flavor and quality. Its elongated fingers, resembling a hand in a meditative gesture, make it a captivating centerpiece in any fruit bowl or kitchen display and a fragrance that fills the air when you bring a fresh Buddha Hand into your home.
Grate the zest to infuse desserts, sauces, and beverages with a round almost sweet citrus flavor. Add a touch of elegance to your cocktails, create delightful marmalades, or incorporate it into marinades for a refreshing twist on your favorite dishes. Thinly sliced fingers, dipped in icing sugar, then frozen make a delicious crunchy addition to desserts and taste like sorbets.
Fruit available from October to January.