Country folks go to town

budda hands

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.

4 thoughts on “Country folks go to town

  1. It’s time for me to go to bed, but you’ve got me ALL excited!! UGLI is in the crossword puzzles all the time, and I’ve never seen one!! Thank you, Will!! It looks like a globe of the world with no oceans. (Just a thought–and not a very good one.) I probably won’t be able to sleep tonight now that I’ve seen an Ugli!

  2. Here in the surburbs of New Orleans, we call Whole Foods- “Whole Paycheck!” It is a wonderful store, isn’t it! Since I only know you from your blogs, it is good to get to meet your sons and father, via photos. I lived in West Point for a year after the storm, and heard such wonderful things about your father. I do enjoy reading your articles so much! Thanks!

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