Botanical name: Citrus medica var. sarcodactylus
Common name: Buddha's hand
General features: The Buddha's hand citron looks like a small tree with long irregular branches covered with thorns. Its large leaves are oblong and pale green. Its flowers are white with purple streaks and grow in fragrant clusters. What makes this citrus fruit unique are its fruits, whose slices do not form in the classic round shape, but as they grow they separate from the others, creating individual units (up to 20!) that resemble the fingers of a hand. Buddha's hands persist on the plant for a long time at different stages of ripening, are deep green when unripe and turn a bright yellow when ripe.
Curiosity: The Buddha's hand citron has a very long tradition in the East as an ornamental plant and is considered a real good luck charm. Besides being used to adorn the table and the home as a sign of blessing, it is given as a New Year's gift as a wish for prosperity in the coming new year.
Ornamental virtues: The Buddha's Hand is conquering the Western ornamental sector thanks to the unusual appearance of the bright fruit and its intense fragrance, with a unique aroma that stands out from that of all other citrus fruits.