The Buddhas Hand fruit has a thick peel and only a small amount of acidic flesh and is juiceless and sometimes seedless. Buddhas Hand fruit is very fragrant and is used predominantly by the Chinese and Japanese for perfuming rooms and personal items, such as clothing.
The peel of the Buddhas Hand fruit can be candied into succade. In Western cooking, it is often used for its zest. The inner white pith is not bitter as is usually the case with citrus, so the Buddhas Hand fruit may be cut off and then longitudinally sliced, peel pith and all, and used in salads or scattered over cooked foods such as fish.