Buddha’s Hand Marmalade and Five Citrus Marmalade

Buddha’s Hand Marmalade and Five Citrus Marmalade

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I found a very interesting fruit at the fruit market last week. It was bright yellow, had tendril fingers and smelled of delicious citrus. I little investigation and I discovered that the name of this fruit is Buddha’s Hand. A strange name indeed, but the fruit itself resembles a multi-fingered hand and since its roots are traced back to India or China, the name is rather fitting.FullSizeRender 41

While Buddha’s Hand smells like a lemon and the rind itself feels like a lemon, once you cut into it, it’s obvious that one feature of the lemon is missing. Buddha’s Hand has no juice. Imagine a lemon that is just peel and white pith all the way through. It’s also not as bitter as a lemon. I ate a couple of pieces and they were really nice. Could I eat a whole Buddha’s Hand in one sitting? No way, but a couple of pieces were nice.

Now that I knew what it was I needed to decide how I was going to use it. Most websites call for Buddha’s Hand to be turned into a marmalade, peeled and added to salad dressings or infused in olive oil. After reading through some of ideas, my mouth began to water at the thought of Buddha’s Hand Marmalade. I found what could be considered a classic Buddha’s Hand Marmalade with Meyer Lemon that I had to modify to just a bit.

No surprise I could not find Meyer Lemon at my local fruit market, so I just used regular lemons. Keep in mind that using regular lemons as opposed to Meyer Lemons will make the marmalade a bit more bitter. Do not discard all of the pith because it provides a pectin effect that will help the marmalade gel together nicely.

IMG_8576Buddha’s Hand Marmalade

Ingredients

  • 1 Buddha’s Hand, thinly slice
  • 2 Lemons, remove seeds and thinly slice
  • 3 cups Sugar
  • 4 cups Water

Directions:

  1. Put sliced Buddha’s Hand, lemon, sugar and water in a heavy bottomed pot. Stir to mix all together.
  2. Over medium-high heat bring the mixture to boil, then reduce heat to low and allow to simmer for about one hour, stirring occasionally.
  3. After an hour, the temperature of the marmalade should be hovering around 220 and the liquid reduced by more than half. Continue stirring until sauce thickens. Keep an eye on the marmalade to ensure it doesn’t boil over.
  4. Pour marmalade into prepared jars for storing. I used 1 quart Ikea Jars with a sealable lid.

When I went to the market to get lemons, I found more Buddha’s Hand so I grabbed 3 more- 2 small and 1 big one. Still in the mood for marmalade I decided to make another Buddha’s Hand Marmalade this time incorporating different citrus flavors.

IMG_8577Five Citrus Marmalade

Ingredients

  • 1 Buddha’s Hand, thinly slice
  • 2 Lemons, remove seeds and thinly slice
  • 1 Orange peel thinly sliced
  • 2 Clementine peel, thinly sliced
  • Juice of 2 Clementines
  • 1/2 cup Pomelo Flesh
  • 3 cups Sugar
  • 4 cups Water

Directions:

  1. Put sliced Buddha’s Hand, orange peel, clementine peel, pomelo flesh, lemon, clementine juice, sugar and water in a heavy bottomed pot. Stir to mix all together.
  2. Over medium-high heat bring the mixture to boil, then reduce heat to low and allow to simmer for about one hour, stirring occasionally.
  3. After an hour, the temperature of the marmalade should be hovering around 220 and the liquid reduced by more than half. Continue stirring until sauce thickens. Keep an eye on the marmalade to ensure it doesn’t boil over.
  4. Pour marmalade into prepared jars for storing. I used 1 quart Ikea Jars with a sealable lid.

Now that I have 2 quarts of marmalade I need to figure out what to do with them. I’m thinking fresh made bread with marmalade for breakfast would be nice. How about Vanilla Cupcakes with a marmalade center and Lemon Frosting?

What other ideas do you have?

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1 Comment on Buddha’s Hand Marmalade and Five Citrus Marmalade

The Recipe Nomadette said : Guest Report Oct 25, 2015 at 3:17 PM

Lemon cake! My favorite!! Give it a try and let me know how it tastes. I wonder if you can find Buddha's Hand in the USA??

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