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Buddha's Hand, Buddha's Hand citron, or Fingered citron (Citrus medica var. sarcodactylus) is a fragrant citron variety whose fruit is segmented into finger-like sections.
The citron grows on small tree with long, irregular branches covered in thorns. Its large, oblong leaves are pale green and grow about four to six inches. Its white flowers are tinted purplish from the outside and grow in fragrant clusters.
The fruit has a thick peel and only a small amount of acidic flesh (if any) and is juiceless and sometimes seedless. It is very fragrant.
The peel of the fruit can be candied into succade. In Western cooking, it is often used for its zest. The inner white pith is not bitter as is usually the case with citrus, so the fingers may be cut off and then longitudinally sliced, peel pith and all, and used in cooking.
The origin of Buddha's Hand is traced back to Northeastern India or China.
The tree itself is sensitive to frost, as well as intense heat and drought.. Trees can be grown from cuttings taken from branches two to four years old.
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