Puttered around in the greenhouse today. My citrus collection has been neglected; the trees don't look well. After Christmas I will have to harvest and baby them with a good dose of fertilizer. They got too cold. Hmmmm.
But, I did get three large Buddha's Hand citrons. They smell of heaven. Citrusy, but with a sweet perfume. Nothing I have ever smelled compares.
These beauty challenged whoppers are used for candied fruit. The rind is stripped and candied. It is also eaten boiled in a sugar syrup as sucket, I believe an old English treat. They even had silver sucket forks to eat this delicacy. It is also used in Israel in a ceremony called Sukot. Whatever, I'm not eating it. I'd rather eat a Snickers.
If you want to read a really interesting post about foods of yesteryear, please go to the right side of my blog and click on Food History Jottings. Ivan Day's blog is absolutely the most incredible blog I have ever come across. If he hasn't been already, he should be knighted by The Queen. His latest post is about the Grand Tours during the 1800's and the reactions of the English travelers to foreign foods. Sparrow soup Madame? Macaroni and cheese stuffed suckling pig? It is so interesting. He doesn't post often so have a look.