Buddha Hand Fruit
Now, for something completely different…
Growing a Buddha’s Hand Citron gives you a conversation starter as well 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 October and January and deliver plenty of the wonderfully weird fruit.
Nature Hills ships strong, young trees with great branching and hardy roots to get you off to a great start. Order yours today!
* One of the first cultivated citrus in the world
* Sure-fire conversation starter
* Amazingly strong citrus scent
* Great in containers
|Brand||Nature Hills Nursery|
|Botanical Name||Citrus medica var. sarcodactylis|
|Mature Height||8 - 10 feet|
|Mature Spread||3 - 4 feet|
|Soil Type||Well Drained|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun, Partial Sun|