Buddha’s hand | Unusual fruit from around the world

Next time you go to the supermarket, instead of just buying some instant noodles and a Twix, why not take a moment to look at the fresh fruit? It’s all a bit strange, isn’t it? Bananas are a funny shape, kiwis have a furry skin and strawberries have their pips on the outside! Weird. However, believe it or not, these are actually pretty normal compared to some of the bizarre fruits grown around the world.

Buddha’s hand | India/China

Buddha's hands

Buddha’s hand is a citrus fruit originating in India or China. Judging by its appearance, it’s 50% lemon and 50% squid (figures are approximate).

Buddha's hand

It’s a wonder that anyone bothers carving a pumpkin at Halloween, when there are fruits as scary as this growing naturally. It may be the most frightening fruit I’ve ever seen.

Buddha's hand

Imagine if you bought one and took it home – you wouldn’t be able to sleep knowing it was in the house. You’d have to keep getting up to check it hadn’t crawled out of the fruit bowl.

Buddha's hands

The fruit itself is almost all peel, but has a strong smell and so is often used as a natural air freshener.

Buddha's hand

The zest can also be used in cooking and, presumably, you could slice off one of the fingers and put it in a gin and tonic.

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About Nick Heady

Nick Heady

My favourite holiday souvenir is a shower cap I brought home from the Luxor casino in Las Vegas. I’ve never used it, though. I’m saving it for a special occasion.

At the Luxor, all the casino games are inside a pyramid. The hotel rooms are also inside a pyramid. And their shower caps come in little pyramid-shaped boxes. It’s fantastic.

Once you’ve been to Vegas, there’s no need to go to Egypt. The Luxor’s pyramid has a giant lamp on top and, from the hotel windows, you can see a medieval castle – the same can’t be said for Egypt’s pyramids. If that wasn’t enough, there’s also a model of the Sphinx that’s bigger than the one in Giza. It’s made of plastic, sure, but at least its nose is still intact.

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