Finally off the little tree and into my kitchen, our long-awaited Citron Hand (sometimes known as a Buddha's Hand) was ready to use. I have to say it was a bit disappointing though. Perhaps, being the first fruit of the tree, and slightly stunted, was not very aromatic, just sitting on the counter. The information I had dug up suggested that it would perfume an entire room. Not this baby. Oh well, the rind was good, and I used it in a few dishes, culminating in jars of Pineapple Marmalade.
I raved on and on about my new tree, with its one little baby fruit. There were other starts, but they fell off rather quickly. This one grew up to be a big (well a little size challenged) boy. Just like a good mother, I took pictures along the way. The tree (still a sapling) has been plagued by mites or aphids all year, but a treatment of neem oil seems to have taken care of it.