Growing a Buddha's Hand Fruit (Citrus medica var. sarcodactylis) gives you a conversation starter as well as a bona fide piece of history. Talk about unique!
Ancient records show that this is one of the oldest varieties of citrus fruit ever recorded. And not being your typical round citrus, when the fruit is mature it looks like a human hand with fingers reaching out.
First cultivated in China and Northern India, these fruit are also known as Fingered Citron. They are sometimes described as "lemons with fingers". This odd little citrus is treasured for its sweet floral fragrance and mild zest.
Inside the fruit there is little to no flesh or even any real juice to speak of - it's all pith and rind. Because there's nothing like regular citrus fruit inside, it isn't really an 'eating' fruit, although you can candy the rind and use the zest in baking and drink infusions.
What the fruit is often used for is table or floral displays and scenting your home. Just slice one of the 'fingers' off and it will perfume your whole room with a mouth-watering citrusy scent.
These mid-season citrus typically ripen up between November and January and deliver plenty of the wonderfully weird fruit.
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Hardy in zones 10 and 11, most of us will be enjoying Buddha's Hand as a patio tree to be moved inside during the winter months. This means you can use as an outdoor decoration in the summer months and an indoor delight during the winter!
Periodically, you'll find white flowers budding atop the lush green foliage as many citrus varieties do.
The fruit resembles a closed hand and, when places prominently, is sure to kick off plenty of conversations with your guests and neighbors.
Sure, there aren't many recipes that call for the fleshy part of the fruit due to its mostly rindy nature but that doesn't mean there's no use for it in the kitchen!
Snag a buddha hand citron and zest it into salad dressing or your favorite savory dishes--it tastes like lemon zest. You can also elevate cocktail night with a lemony garnish.
If you have any leftovers after all that, try your own hand at candying your fruity hand. The pith (or the white part inside the rind) isn't bitter and therefore doesn't require the timely steps of soaking and pre-boiling.
This symbol of happiness longevity and good fortune is self-pollinating, so no need for a second partner to reap the benefits of these fun fruit.
To keep Buddah's Hand happy, plant in well-drained soils in full sun. If you don't live in zones 10 or 11, we suggest planting in a pot so it can spend the winter months indoors in a bright window.
Like other citrus, Buddha's Hand HATES soggy soil so the well-drained part of this care plan is key.
While flowering can be pretty sporadic, the fruit typically ripens between November and January. When indoors, try to add a bit of humidity to its spot, it'll appreciate it endlessly. Read more about taking care of citrus indoors in our blog: Growing Citrus Trees in Pots.
Lemons and limes are great but why not take a ride on the wild side with Buddha Hand Fruit! Order one today from our expert growers at NatureHills.com!
Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.
Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!
Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|Sprinter Pot||Equal to||.63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Ranges from||.31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume|
|6" Container||Equal to||1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume|
|1 Quart||Equal to||1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume|
|5.5" Container||Equal to||1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x5"||Ranges from||.8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x6"||Ranges from||1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x9"||Ranges from||1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x10"||Ranges from||1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old|
|2 Quart||Equal to||2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume|
|#1 Container||Ranges from||2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume|
|5"x5"x12"||Equal to||3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 2 - 4 Years Old|
|#2 Container||Ranges from||1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume|
|#3 Container||Ranges from||2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 3 - 5 Years Old|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume|
|#7 Container||Ranges from||5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume|
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|Brand||Nature Hills' Choice|
|Botanical Name||Citrus medica var. sarcodactylis|
|Mature Height||8 - 12 feet|
|Mature Spread||6 - 12 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Soil Type||Well Drained|
|Harvest Time||Late Season|