Buddha’s Hand citron is all rind and no flesh. The sweet zest of the fruit is used mostly to flavor liqueurs and vodkas, but in Chinese and Japanese households, it’s also used as a natural air freshener. Originally from India, the Buddha’s Hand also grows in California, where its peak season lasts from late October until early April.
Intensely yellow with red striations, late-harvest Leonforte peaches are so sweet they taste as if they’ve been candied. The extraordinary flavor comes from skilled Sicilian workers, who individually wrap each tiny, green peach in a protective wax paper bag during June, eliminating the need for pesticides and allowing the fruit to mature on the tree longer than usual. The harvest is September through November, but for now, unfortunately, the fruit is only found in Sicily.