This fruit is shaped like a hand, with finger-like protrusions growing out from the base. The fruit and the light-purplish flowers are both very fragrant, and they are commonly used for religious offerings. The name “Buddha’s hand,” then, is fitting and appropriate. The fruit itself is not edible, as there is hardly any flesh or juice. It is usually sliced into small pieces and eaten as part of a salad. It may also be preserved as a candy. In both Japan and in China, the fruit is popularly used for perfuming clothes and rooms.