Candied Buddha's Hand Citron


What should you get that 'special' (super-picky and has everything) foodie on your holiday list? Now you know. By the way, if you're a fan of candied citrus, you'll want to make extra, since Buddha's hand is a unique and special treat.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
1 day 2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
1 day 3 hrs 30 mins
2 cups


  • 3 cups diced Buddha's hand (fingered citron)

  • 3 cups white sugar, divided

  • 2 cups water


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add diced Buddha's hand, return to a simmer, and cook until citrus softens, about 30 minutes. Drain.

  2. Combine Buddha's hand, 2 1/2 cups sugar, and water in the same pot; bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until syrup reaches a temperature of 230 degrees F (110 degrees C). Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Drain citrus; pour excess liquid into jars and reserve.

  3. Spread drained citrus out onto a wire rack and let dry until tacky, at least 24 hours. Pour remaining sugar into a shallow bowl. Toss citrus in sugar until coated; transfer coated pieces to a plate to dry, at least 2 hours.

Cook's Note:

You can use any citrus peel in place of Buddha's hand, if desired.

The reserved syrup is excellent for making cocktails.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

77 Calories
20g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 32
Calories 77
% Daily Value *
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 19g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 12mg 58%
Calcium 13mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 15mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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