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A Buddha's hand fruit is a striking and aromatic citrus fruit known for its unique appearance. This fruit doesn't have the typical round shape; instead, it consists of multiple elongated, twisted, lemon-yellow tendrils that resemble the hands of a Buddha in meditation. The fruit contains no juice.
The Buddha's hand fruit has a wonderfully fresh, sweet, and lemony fragrance, making it often used as a natural air freshener or aromatic decoration in homes. Since the fruit lacks juice, its peel is often used to impart citrus flavor to dishes and drinks without the tartness of many other citrus fruits.
You can simmer the tendrils of the Buddha's hand fruit in sugar syrup to make candied lemon zest. These can be used as flavorful garnishes for desserts or pastries.
You can also use grated zest or slices of the fruit as garnishes for cocktails like gin and tonics or martinis to add a subtle lemony flavor.