What is this crazy looking fruit?

Buddha’s Hand, or the fingered citron, is an unusually shaped citron variety whose fruit is segmented into finger-like sections, resembling those seen on representations of Buddha. The origin of this most unusual citrus is commonly traced back to the Far East, probably northeastern India or China, where most domesticated citrus fruits originate. Buddha’s Hand wasn’t commercially grown in the U.S. until the 1980s, and the quantity grown each year is quite small. Even so, the curious-looking fruit seems to be popping up in more and more farmers’ markets and grocery stores across the country.

Buddha’s hand fruit is very fragrant and is used predominantly in China, Malaysia and Japan for perfuming rooms and personal items such as clothing. The fruit may be given as a religious offering in Buddhist temples. According to tradition, Buddha prefers the “fingers” of the fruit to be in a position where they resemble a closed rather than open hand, as closed hands symbolize to Buddha the act of prayer. In China, the Buddha’s hand fruit is a symbol of happiness, longevity and good fortune. It is also a traditional temple offering and a New Year’s gift.

Unlike other citrus fruits, most varieties of the Buddha’s Hand fruit only contain rind – there’s no pulp, juice, or seeds. Though esteemed chiefly for its “exquisite form and aroma”, the Buddha’s Hand fruit can also be eaten (often as a zest or flavoring) in desserts, savory dishes and alcoholic beverages (such as vodka) or candied as a sweet. The sliced, dried peel of immature fruits is also prescribed as a tonic in traditional medicine.

We invite you to join Chef Jae Ho Bang this month for a very special seasonal menu celebrating Citrus and Buddha’s Hand with exciting, original flavors, textures and platings that are sure to be an unexpected and unique dining experience.

To make a reservation, please contact Morgan’s in the desert at 760.564.7600.

Citrus Carpaccio
Blood Orange, Valencia Orange, Finger Lime, Buddha’s Hand Citron, Basil

Hokkaido Scallop
Fennel, Winter Turnip, Avgolemono Espuma, Crispy Citrus Peels

Citrus Ravioli
Grapefruit Panna Cotta, Citrus Sponge Cake, Citrus Crème Anglaise

Three Course Meal | $70 Per Person*
*Prices do not include tax and gratuity

Wine Pairings Available By Request

To make a reservation, please contact Morgan’s in the desert at 760.564.7600.


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