Archive for February, 2009

I kept passing stalls in China stocked with this slightly creepy looking fruit, trying to work up the courage to try it. It looked like a yellow baby Cthulhu about to leap up and start chewing on my face. It wasn’t until we were about to leave the Kunming airport that I finally bought one. The clerk described it as having the skin of a lemon, but the inner texture of a pear.

The fuusho, or Buddha’s hand citron is actually a kind of citrus, completely pulp and juice less. So the inner flesh of the fruit that the clerk was referring to is actually pith, not unlike the thick white skin of a pomelo, only without the juicy fruit segments within. The outer skin is very fragrant, and gives off a lemony smelling oil, and the white pith is slightly sweet and chewy. I think I would not eat this again in raw form, but I’m thinking it would be pretty tasty candied in strips or grated into a marinade.

While the Buddha’s hand citron isn’t on my list of favorite fruits, it does top my list of fruits most likely to appear in a horror movie, or scare small children.


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