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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Citrus medica var. sarcodacytlis - Buddha's Hand

Scientific name: Citrus medica var. sarcodactylis
Common name: Buddha's Hand, Fingered Citron
Japanese name : Bushukan (fingered citron)
Family: Rutaceae
Origin: India and China
Category: Small tree
Photo taken at: Chin Pomelo Farm, Ipoh

How to grow
Light :Full sun
Soil : Well-drain and aerated
Water : Regular
Prune : For shape and to encourage new growth and blooms
Propagate : Seeds or grafting

The citron was already cultivated in Mesopotamia before 500BC. Citron fruits are usually oval to rounded in shape and turn from green to a golden yellow when riped. Those pictured above are extreme forms when the fruits become divided into fingers called "fingered citron" or "Buddha's hand citron".

To read more about Buddha's hands from Wikipedia, click here.

These fruits pictured above are sold at Chin Pomelo Farm, the place I photographed them. You can also view a specimen tree at the Secret Garden of 1-Utama, Petaling Jaya. I have seen the rounded fruits as well as fingered citron there.


  1. I haven't seen such citrus fruits, if I will I wont think it is citrus because of the shape. Are they also sour, what do you use it for?

  2. The leaves, flowers and fruits are aromatic. We use Buddha's Hand fruit as prayer offerings. I have never tasted it before. It seems the fruits doesn't have enough flesh to be eaten but the rind/peel is used as zest in cooking and cocktails.


Yay! You like flowers too.

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