I used to live in a small university town in the middle of the U.S. Students came to study from all over the world. Even so, the town remained tied to its farming roots. There was one Chinese restaurant, a Greek restaurant which served gyros, and one store which sold “world foods” in the form of Knorr mixes and canned goods.
I live in the same town today, but now I can buy something as exotic as the citron pictured above in my regular Michigan based grocery store!
“In Japan the “bushukan,” as the Buddha’s Hand citron is called, is a popular gift at New Year’s, for it is believed to bestow good fortune on a household. The Japanese buy the fruit at decorative ornament shops, and place it on top of specially pounded rice cakes, or use it in lieu of flowers in the home’s sacred tokonoma alcove.” Elizabeth Andoh