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Name That Produce!

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? Found @ the Food Emporium Bridge Market, under the Queensboro Bridge, on the Manhattan side (next to the Conran Shop)

Happy 2010 from bestgroceries!

The answer is…as almost everyone guessed, Buddha’s Hand Citron, a.k.a. the five-fingered mandarin or the fragrant citron or fingered citron. Rumor has it that the Buddha prefers this fruit with the fingers bent inward, as if in prayer. Regardless of your form preference, this oddly-shaped (hybrid or mutant? you decide), lemon-like treat has come to symbolize happiness, wealth, and longevity; perfect for a New Year celebration. There is much lore surrounding the Buddha’s hand, some of which can be found here, as well as a few recipes. It is also useful as a room fragrance.

It’s about time I posted another entry of Name That Produce, eh? To play, write your comments to weigh in on what these fingery fruits might be. They are about the size of a small hand. Witty comments also acceptable.

Written by Sarah Froelich

November 28, 2009 at 11:35 am