Tag Archive | Lemon

Buddha’s Hand – Citrus medica var. sarcodactylis


I was at my local grocery store, when I noticed this oddity. I had no clue what it was, so a photograph would have to do until I could research it. This wasn’t for sale, ironically.

Turns out this is called a Buddha’s Hand.

It is believed that sometime after the fourth century, Buddhist monks carried this fruit from India to China, where it came to symbolize happiness, wealth and longevity. The Chinese like to use it as a centerpiece in their homes, and present it as an offering on temple altars. The Japanese like to use it as a decorative ornament and place it on top of specially pounded rice cakes, or they use it in lieu of flowers in the home’s sacred tokonomo (alcove).

Though esteemed chiefly for its exquisite form and aroma, the Buddha’s Hand citron is also prescribed as a stimulant, expectorant, and tonic in non-traditional medicine.


  • Seasonal centerpiece
  • A fragrant air freshener


  • Shave thin slices of Buddha’s hand and add it to a salad
  • Top steamed tofu or fish
  • Sugar and Salt: Use zest or a whole finger to make scented sugar and flavored salt
  • Zest mixed into cake frosting makes it very aromatic
  • For salad dressing:
    • 4 Tbsps olive oil – 1/2 teaspoon salt – 2 Tbsps Meyer Lemon juice – 2 Tbsps zested Buddha’s Hand
    • 1 Tbsps balsamic vinegar – 1/2 teaspoon fresh or dried thyme, minced – 1 clove minced garlic
  • Combine all vinaigrette together in bowl and allow vinaigrette to marinade overnight.
  • Candied citrus peel – which you can eat by itself or use in baked goods.
  • Make infused vodka or flavored simple syrup for cocktails.

© Ilex Farrell

Spring Blooming Flowers 6-11-2013

It has been another interesting week in the Midwest. I think we finally have entered ‘spring mode’, as our temperatures have gotten into the 70’s. I can wear a summer shirt without bringing a sweater! The problem is that we have gotten so much rain and/or the days that it doesn’t rain, it is overcast all day. I don’t think the soil has warmed to optimum temperatures for many seeds to germinate.

I’ll discuss my veggie garden issues in another post. =-)


Passiflora incarnate – Passion Flower

Passion flower has been linked to represent the crucifixion of Christ. I giggled knowing that this plant will be going to a pot at a Jewish home. Ha!


Citrus × limon – Lemon

Next week this should open!


Syringa patula ‘Miss Kim’ – Miss Kim lilac


Leucanthemum x superbum – Shasta daisy

Coming to a Right-of-Way near yoouuuuuu!


Nepeta x faassenii ‘Walker’s Low’ – Catmint


Alchemilla mollis ‘Auslese’ – Lady’s Mantle


Heuchera villosa ‘Caramel’ – Coralbells ‘Caramel’


Heuchera ‘Purple Palace’ – Coralbells ‘Purple Palace’


Weigela florida ‘Minuet’

Enjoy the day & keep on planting!