I recall the first time I laid eyes on this calamari of the fruit world. Buddha’s Hand intrigued me. I had never seen it in Canada and had no idea what to do with it when I bought one lonely withered one once I was planted in California. It didn’t smell much like citrus and rotted within a few days. Still, I felt that if I could have a few from a grower, I would have room to experiment. Thanks to an online marketplace, I found a kind soul willing to share a few bags from her locally grown tree in exchange for what I hoped would extract out of the still.
This is one fruit worth exploration; it’s juicy and fragrant with floral notes much like Bergamot or so I initially thought. The next day, it evolved to more of a yuzu profile which as a yuzu fanatic, pleased me to no end. I’ve make Buddha’s Hand lemonade, candied it, eaten it raw, made hydrosol from this distillation and even extracted a little essential oil. The fingers are large, generous and even at this writing, I’m running a second distillation. As a hydrosol, I’ve spritzed my face with Buddha’s Hand but as citrus is, citrus does so I’m still working out skin care applications. A tiny amount added to a vaporizer fills a room with beautiful notes of yuzu and a little bergamot. Spritzed into a martini is … well, heaven. I can’t think of anything more I’d need to use this but I would love to hear end user experiences. I’m glad I jumped in with this citrus distillation because it has quickly surpassed Meyer as my favorite bright and cheerful fruit.
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Shelf life: 12 to 18 months. Refrigerate to prolong freshness.
Packaged in 3.3oz/100 ml tamper proof refillable glass bottles.
Our hydrosols are kept in dedicated refrigeration until shipped.