Candied Buddha’s Hand Citron

by liliana

Looking for a unique and flavorful winter citrus? Look no further than the Buddha’s Hand citron. This unusual fruit is said to have inspired the design of the Lemon emoji, and it is definitely worth exploring if you’re looking for something new to add to your cooking repertoire. The skin of the Buddha’s Hand can be eaten, and the citron is used in many Chinese dishes. It has a sweet/sour taste that is sure to intrigue your taste buds. This post will teach you how to make candied Buddha’s hand citron, a process that makes the fruit even more delicious!

About Buddha’s hand citron

The Buddha’s hand citron is a citrus fruit that is native to China. It is closely related to the lemon, and its shape is similar to that of a human hand. The fruit is used in religious ceremonies, as well as in traditional Chinese medicine.

The flesh of the Buddha’s hand citron is very fragrant, and the peel is used to make a type of candied fruit. The fruit is also used to flavor liqueurs and jams.

Candied Buddha’s Hand Recipe

Candied Buddha’s Hand is a traditional Chinese treat that is made from the zest of the fruit. The zest is candied in sugar and then used to flavor desserts or tea. If you are looking for a unique and flavorful citrus fruit, Buddha’s hand citron is a great choice.


  • 1 Buddha’s hand citron
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 cups water


  • Cutting board
  • Parchment paper
  • Sharp knife or vegetable peeler
  • Small saucepan
  • Wire rack
  • Glass of ice water
  • Soup spoon


Step 1: Chop It Up

Cut the Buddha’s hand citron into thin slices, about 1/4 inch thick. If the fingers are particularly long, you may want to cut them in half lengthwise.

Step 2: Syrup!

In a small saucepan, heat 3 cup3 of sugar and 3 cups of water over low heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Raise the heat to medium and bring the mixture to a boil. Add the cooled Buddha’s hand slices and simmer for 30 minutes.

Step 3: Testing for the “Thread Stage”

The easiest way to test for the “thread stage” is to use a candy thermometer. The syrup should reach a temperature of 230 degrees F (198 degrees C). If you don’t have a candy thermometer, you can also test the syrup by dripping a small amount onto a plate. The syrup should be thick and sticky, but not hard. If the syrup is too thin, it will be difficult to coat the Buddha’s hand slices. If the syrup is too thick, it will be difficult to work with and will be very sticky.

You can also test syrup by ice water. When the syrup is dripped into ice water it will form visible “threads” as it falls to the bottom of the glass, but these threads are actually still liquid and cannot be smooshed together into a ball

Step 4: Strain and Dry

After the Buddha’s hand slices have simmered in the syrup for 30 minutes, remove them from the heat and let them cool. Once cooled, transfer the slices to a wire rack to dry. Be sure to strain any excess syrup off of the slices before placing them on the wire rack. If desired, you can also roll the slices in sugar before drying.

Step 5: Enjoy!

Your candied Buddha’s hand is now ready to enjoy! You can store any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Enjoy your homemade candy!

Cook’s note

If you can’t find Buddha’s hand citron, you can substitute another type of citrus fruit, such as lemon or lime. However, the flavor will not be quite the same.

For a more intense flavor, you can simmer the slices in the syrup for up to 1 hour. Just be sure to keep an eye on the temperature of the syrup, and adjust the heat accordingly. If the syrup gets too hot, it will cause the citrus slices to become tough.

FAQs for Buddha’s hand

What does Buddha’s hand taste like?

The flavor of Buddha’s hand is citrusy and slightly sweet. It is often used as a flavoring agent in food and beverages.

What is Buddha’s Hand good for?

Buddha’s hand is believed to have many health benefits. It is thought to boost the immune system, improve digestion, and promote weight loss. Additionally, it is said to detoxify the body and reduce stress levels.

What do you do with a Buddha’s Hand citron?

Buddha’s hand citron can be used in a variety of ways. It can be eaten fresh, candied, or dried. It can also be used to make tea or added to cocktails and other beverages. Additionally, the zest can be used to flavor food.

How do you store Buddha’s hand?

Buddha’s hand should be stored in a cool, dry place. If it is stored in a humid environment, it will start to mold. Once cut, Buddha’s hand can be stored in the fridge for up to a week.

How do you know when Buddha’s hand is ripe?

Buddha’s hand is ripe when the skin is yellow and the fruit is firm. If the fruit is soft or the skin is brown, it is past its peak.

Can I eat Buddha’s Hand Raw?

Yes, Buddha’s hand can be eaten raw. It is often used as a garnish or added to salads.

How do you preserve a Buddha’s hand?

Buddha’s hand can be preserved in a number of ways. It can be candied, dried, or made into a syrup. Additionally, the zest can be frozen or used to make vinegar.


Candied Buddha’s Hand Citron is a delicious treat that can be enjoyed by all. If you are looking for something new and exciting to add to your dessert menu, then look no further than this unique fruit. We hope you enjoyed our post. If you have any questions or comments, please let us know. Liliana Kitchen would love to hear from you!

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