Eat happiness

Buddha’s Hand

Illustration by Brian Breneman

Everyone could use a little more zen right now. Find some at the farmers market with bright yellow Buddha’s Hand citrus. These oddly tentacled fruits are the source of candied citron, which finds its way into countless holiday fruitcakes and cookies. Despite being almost only peel, the rind isn’t as bitter as other yellow citrus and perfumes a room with freshness. Use it to infuse vodka for a lemony liqueur or grate some into rice dishes. In China, it is a symbol of happiness and good fortune; turns out you can buy happiness after all.