The Buddha's Hand



The Buddha's Hand is an unusual fruit rarely found in American grocery stores, but common to parts of China and India. It's so named because its fingers are said to represent the hands of the Buddha praying:

In China the fruit is often carried in the hand or simply placed on a table in the home to bring those who live their good luck, happiness and long life. Its Chinese name, fo-shou, means exactly that when it is written alongside other characters. As well as culinary and household use the fruit, before maturity, is often prescribed as a tonic.


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This is growing in a lot of Buddhist temple gardens, its basically a lemon. But there is very little fruit, its all rind that is commonly used for making tea. The fruit can get pretty large, 10 inches or so. This has some kind of medicinal quality I don't remember which.
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