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Updated: What does one do with a Buddha's hand?

Thursday, January 10, 2013

I got something called "Buddha's Hand" from the grocery store today because it looked creepy and weird and I LOVE trying weird new produce...but I have no idea what to do with it. I don't even know whether it's a fruit or a vegetable at the moment, though I will be googling it shortly. :)

Any ideas as to what one does with this Buddha's hand thing? Cook it somehow? Eat it raw? We shall see what google says!

I also got some Thai eggplant to try - shockingly, it tastes just like regular eggplant. Only it's got way more seeds in a way smaller package.

And I got some dandelion greens. I've never seen them in a store before, and I've always wanted to try them! In a salad? Cooked in pasta or something? I'm not even sure! I can't wait to try them. :)

I swear, I have way too much fun at grocery stores.

The internets (and my brilliant sparkfriends) have informed me that Buddha's hand can be used in place of lemon peel, sprinkled on salads, that kind of thing. I tried some in a salad today, and it was good. I also made some garlic-soy-Buddha's hand stir fry this evening, and it was DELICIOUS! And I served the stir-fry veggies over black bean spaghetti that I also found at this store, and they were EXCELLENT. I will definitely get them again! Not because I care about gluten, but because they were tasty and had a great texture. I made a salad out of dandelion greens today, but they were waaaay bitter. I had to heat it in the microwave and wilt them a bit to make them more palatable. I think I will stick to cooking those in the future. :)

Thanks for all the fun foods, Harris Teeter! (I also love the local Martin's grocery's got a great organic/natural foods section, which Harry Teets does not. AND I am lucky enough to have a Trader Joe's and a Fresh Market in the area as well! And then there's the nearby Food Lion, which I haven't even bothered to try yet, but want to scout out eventually. Finally, there's a Farm Fresh in the area as well, but I don't know anything about that store; never been to one before. Anyways, after 4 years in WV where I had nothing but Krogers anywhere I went, it's just so amazing to live somewhere that has all these different grocery stores!!)
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    I just googled Buddha's Hand for interest sake. Never heard or seen one of these before. Now I really want to see if I can find one somewhere to try it out too.
    Looks like it's very low in calories too (6 gm= 3 cal.) Would love to try it as the tea, or over fish.
    We have dandelion available to purchase year round, during the warmer months it just makes sense to pick out of your own yard though, and give it a good washing. Has a pretty bitter taste if you pick the leaves too large. Milder if you pick new leaves. You can use them as a salad, or like you suggested, mix it in with pasta. I use it in place of Kale or spinach sometimes.
    1962 days ago
    Please give an update on this! I am down right curious and am curious to know the nutrient facts too.
    1962 days ago
    Dandelions are normal for me, although it has been quite some time since I have had them. My Yiayia (grandmother in Greek) goes out to the yard and just picks them. Sure they are weeds, but they don't taste all that bad in salads and however else she prepares them. I'm sure I've had them in tons of things but never thought about it :p

    Good luck with the Buddha hand! Those things look weird!
    1962 days ago
    It sounds like you have a great grocery store; what an adventure! I can't wait to hear what you do with the Buddha's Hand. It's new to me too :-) emoticon
    1963 days ago
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