I’ve waited a year to do this post. This topic spawned my new obsession with dwarf citrus trees (I have 13 and counting). What do I have my panties in a bunch over, you ask?
Buddha Hand Citron. Cthulhu fruit. I finally got my hands on one. I planted the tree in my yarden, but it’s going to be at least another year until it produces. Plus it might get a whisper too hot up here for it to produce. But I can hope.
What is it? Well, it’s a member of the citrus family. It’s a citron. Citron are known for their aroma. The Buddha hand is yellow when ripe and has numerous “fingers”.
It smells amazing. In China and Japan it is used as an air freshener. My house smells so good, I totally see why. My hands still smell like it hours after cutting it up, it’s just glorious.
The Buddha hand is one of the oldest members of the citrus family. As you will see in the pictures below, the fruit contains no pulp, juice or seeds. It’s just skin and pith. The pith isn’t bitter like that of a lemon or orange. The pith tasteless really, not bad, but not something I would take a great deal of joy in eating. However, the zest is out of this world. It’s like a lemon, but not sour, and flower-ey? Does that make sense? Any way you can use the zest for a variety of things; you can candy it, make salad dressing and flavorings, and my personal favorite, infuse BOOZE!!!!!!
You will need:
Buddha Hand Citrons
A sharp knife
Wash your citron really well. Slice in half and slowly start removing the skin. I generally use a vegetable peeler to zest citrus but I couldn’t find mine! So I used a knife. It took forever. But it smelled glorious so it was totally worth it.
Look it’s giving me the finger! Sorry, I had to.
Slice the zest into thin strips.
Place in your bottle.
This is the pith from ONE citron. One.
Zest in bottles.
Take the little cap thing off the big bottle O’vodka, it makes things a lot easier.
Cover the zest with the vodka, tighten your lids and store in a cool dark place for at least 30 days, making sure to shake it daily. Strain through cheesecloth and make yourself a martini, girl!