City dweller Will Jones is pictured with his grandfather, Dr. Tom Braddock, in Whole Foods Market. They are each holding a type of lemon known as “Buddha Hands.”______________________
I felt like shouting, “Well, Gawlee! Wouldju, lookit this. A lemon what has fingers!”
Okay so we weren’t quite that bad, but almost. My Dad and I drove to the Music City (Nashville) to spend some time with my son who has become a bonified city slicker. He had things in his refrigerator I couldn’t even pronounce.
At the risk of extreme embarrassment, Will took us to one of his favorite haunts – the beautiful and utterly delicious “Whole Foods Market” where they offer things I’ve never before seen or tasted. We spent hours sampling the wares and gawking at the exotic delicacies.
All this gawking was exhausting, but it kept us out of the malls on Black Friday which was a blessing in disguise.
What the heck are these beautiful fruits? They look like Christmas decorations.
Will introduced me to the Ugli, a Jamaican tangelo. It is a citrus fruit created by hybridizing a grapefruit and a tangerine.
Back to the Buddha hands…The fruit is often used as a religious offering in Buddhist temples. According to tradition, Buddha prefers the “fingers” of the fruit to be in a position where they resemble a closed rather than open hand, as closed hands symbolize to Buddha the act of prayer.
The origin of Buddha’s Hand is traced back to Northeastern India and is believed to be the first citrus fruit known in Europe. It is speculated that the Greeks and Romans brought them back from Asia. And now they’ve made it down south to serve as conversation pieces for us country folk.