Sunday, 31 January 2016

Buddha's hand fruit

Buddha's hand fruit 

Buddha's hand, Citrus medica var. sarcodactylis, or the fingered citron, is an unusually shaped citron variety whose fruit is segmented into finger-like sections, resembling a human hand.

In Thai ส้มโอมือ or ส้มมือ (meaning "hand orange").

I saw the first in Saigon Vietnam in a shrine in a cup with water, sprouting roots. I asked people around, nobody could tell me what it is.

Days later pass a shop with religious items and fruit, 
they have a large display:

Location of shop:
10.7920266,106.6994505 = 10°47'31.3"N 106°41'58.0"E  

Enter and inquire about name, no English spoken, but staff writes "Buddha" on paper. Armed with that information, I go into google and find the fruit.

It's edible, next time I will get some! 

On the subject of Buddha's hand, there is a rock on an island Koh Ngam Yai เกาะง่ามใหญ่ in Chumpon ชุมพ province that looks like Buddha's hand เกาะพระหัตถ์พระพุทธเจ้า.

Copyright 2016 ChristianPFC


  1. so fireopal win the contest as he answered correctly on Jan 23rd, congartulations

  2. I went again to that shop last week. If you get your nose close, they have a pleasant lemon/citrus/orange smell. There were prices displayed, average 250,000 VND (about 10 EUR or 400 THB), in addition they are larger and heavier than I want to carry, so I didn't buy any. But they would be a great conversation starter "What is this? Hint: it's not a sex toy.".


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