the hand of buddha

buddhashandwikiIf you watch a lot of cooking shows on the Food Network or elsewhere, you are familiar with the weird looking citrus fruit called the “Buddha’s Hand”.  It is a kind of citron, widely eaten in Asia and also displayed in rooms for its pervasive fresh scent, and presumably for its generally cool appearance.  In the Lincoln Park Conservatory, I found this one growing, its fingers still closed. buddhashand1 The Wikipedia tells us that when these fruit are used in temple offerings the Buddha prefers the ones with closed fingers rather than open ones, since they are in a position of prayer.

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