Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Confessing To Buddha

I confess. I told a lie. Last night I was taking pictures in Whole Foods, and a young man came running up to me, waving his arms and saying, "You can't take pictures in Whole Foods! We don't allow it!"
Well. I've been taking pictures inside Whole Foods for some time.

I said to him, "Oh? I was fascinated with this. What is it?" "A Buddha's Hand," he said, so I asked him more about this grotesque fruit, nodding in fascination, not telling him I knew all about this odd member of the citrus family.
Do they have confession in Buddhism? Tell it to the hand.

“After coming into contact with a religious man, I always feel I must wash my hands” ~~Friedrich Nietzsche

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Blogger Kate said...

I had never seen this before, but knowing its name now I doubt if I could eat it. A cannibal I am not.


5:47 PM  
Blogger Washington Cube said...

Kate: It's not really edible. It's the first citron introduced to Europe, by the way. Mainly it is used in Asian cooking for the zest. It produces very little juice. It is also used for display as a garnish. Do you know how Asian religions display small mounds of oranges, or tangerines with a Buddha and incense? I've seen little shrines like this in restaurants, even dry cleaners. For Chinese New Year (coming up soon,) Buddha's Hand is another one put out for prosperity and good fortune.

7:53 PM  
Blogger Reya Mellicker said...

i saw these last time i was at whole foods. the idea of using this as a garnish - except at halloween - does not appeal!

8:33 PM  
Blogger Washington Cube said...

Reya: A friend emailed me today and said that because I lied to Buddha (Hand) that in my next life my hands would look like that, and I would not be able to wear gloves.
I wrote her back that in my next life, because I lied to Buddha Hand, my hands would look like that, and children would not accept Halloween candy from me because I was so skeery. Why do these weird things always grow in Asia? Like that stink bomb plant they've got over at Botanical Gardens that smells like death when it blooms.

8:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who does his nails? Would he wear Jungle Red?
-- grince

3:14 PM  
Blogger Washington Cube said...

K: You're soaking in it. Seriously, those bitches wouldn't go near Buddha unless it was Sylvia Fowler trying to find out how to get Howard back, and does anyone even name their children Sylvia or Howard anymore?

4:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone still wear [pause] a hat?

-- grince

9:31 AM  
Blogger Washington Cube said...

K: The Pope :D

9:53 AM  
Blogger Phil said...

What a disturbing piece of food.

And why the "no pictures" policy?

4:03 PM  
Blogger Cheryl Cato said...

Haven't seen these in my Whole Foods... but in Austin (home port of WF) I could expect them at any time. NO PHOTOS!?! Pity. I take photos of wonderful veggie & fruit displays worldwide. Damn...

9:40 AM  
Blogger Cyndy said...

There are so many fingers on that Buddha hand! Can you imagine playing the piano with that many fingers?

10:49 PM  
Blogger Ryane said...

That's one of the weirdest looking things I've ever seen. But what I really want to know is...did the nice young man at WFs know about that fruit? Why am I getting a very amusing mental-picture of folks trying to juice that thing b/c no one knew to tell them better?? haha.

2:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My friend thought it was a tiger

9:16 PM  

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