The Amazing Iris Garden not only has Iris tubers and flowers, but the unusual in the orchard. Buddhas Hand Citron – Lemon family on the left and Casimiroa on the right. The Buddhas Hand has no flesh, no juice as we normally see in the standard lemon. The zest is what is used the most. Decorative, artistic, and fascinating too.
The origin of this kind of citron is commonly traced back to South or East Asia, probably north eastern India or China, where most domesticated citrus fruits originate.
‘In China the Buddha’s Hand citron symbolizes happiness and long life, …..Chinese like to carry the fruit in their hands, place it on tables in their homes, and present it as a sacrificial offering at temple altars. Though esteemed chiefly for its exquisite form and aroma, the Buddha’s Hand fruit is also eaten in desserts and savory dishes, and the sliced, dried peel of immature fruits is prescribed as a tonic in traditional medicine. The tree is very popular as an ornamental, often in bonsai form, in pots. The Buddha’s Hand was important by the 10th century A.D. in Fujian….’