The Buddha's Hand's long, yellow tentacles have a complex lemony aroma and flavor. The fruit has no juice or pulp and the pith is sweet rather than bitter. The rind can be used in any dish that calls for lemon zest (we especially like it in a citrus chiffon cake). Because it is not bitter, whole fingers can be thinly sliced and added to salads or other dishes. The citron can also be candied, preserved, and used to infuse liquors.
Choose fruit that is fragrant, firm, and bright. The fingers should not be shriveled or browned. The Buddha's Hand can be stored at cool room temperature for up to two weeks or refrigerated for up to four weeks.