Saturday, April 11, 2009

Buddha's Hand - A most unusual fragrant citrus fruit!

Picture courtesy of Wikipedia
At my beloved Jean-Talon Market, there's wonderful fine grocery called Fruiterie Chez Louis, which holds an impressive selection of rare and exotic fruits and vegetables. This is where I buy my weekly stash of blue potatoes, passion fruit, mangoustan and lychees.

Today's find is called Buddha's Hand, they were selling this beautiful citrus at the cash. I got to sample this delightfully fragrant fruit. It's about the size of an adult hand and the many fingers are responsible for it's hand like appearance. There's no pith per say and the skin, although looking like lemon is soft and edible. The inside of the "fingers" have a soft floral, sweet and bitter flavor that's like a candied lemon. The flesh can be used as zest, and it has tons of it. It can also be candied or preserved in sugar.

Fruiterie Chez Louis
222, Place du Marché-du-Nord,
Marché Jean-Talon, Montréal

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