[Wordful Wednesday] Attack of the Killer Lemons

Occasionally Mari, Lila and I test the waters in the produce aisle at the grocery store, making a point of picking up fruits and vegetables that look weird or interesting or pretty. Sometimes we’ll even buy some of whatever we stumble across and giggle as we taste cracking up at the scrunchie faces we make while discovering if the produce is sour, bitter, salty, juicy, dry or sweet or whatever. (Remind me to tell you about the time we bit into a handful of kumquats.)

Anyway, I was strolling through Whole Foods recently when I came across these Buddha Hand Lemons. And I just couldn’t resist bringing one home for the girls to try. Of course, before I could get it out of the bag good, the two of them dubbed the fruit The Killer Lemon With the Deadly Fingers.

Mari’s nose didn’t stand a chance.

Alas, Lila lost the battle with the Killer Lemon With the Deadly Fingers when it wrestled her to the ground with its sour smell and funky disposition. I got retribution by shredding its sweet little skin and using it as zest on our sauteed shrimp and garlic dinner. Recipe coming soon!

That’ll learn killer lemons to take out my babies, doggonit.

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Denene Millner

Mom. NY Times bestselling author. Pop culture ninja. Unapologetic lover of shoes, bacon and babies. Nice with the verbs. Founder of the top black parenting website, MyBrownBaby.


  1. i am dying laughing at the thought of the girls thinking about this! amazing! and honestly, who would think to eat that in the wild…it looks deadly~and hello again, my friend. i missed you!

  2. ROFL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! All kinds of dramatics in the kitchen – I love it!

  3. Teresha@Marlie and Me

    Oh, that thing looks like the Squid Pirate from Pirates of the Caribbean. I hope it tasted better than it looks!

  4. Too funny, and that meal sounds delish!

  5. This is the first time ever i seen this fruit. Can't wait for your recipe 🙂

  6. sheena@sophistishe.com

    Oh those killer lemons had it comin'! Poor girl pies! I love the MBB kitchen chronicles!

  7. Making a point to try new things at the grocery store is a great idea! Look forward to that recipe. 😉

    • The kids LOVE it when we find something quirky and interesting. They’ll try anything once—that’s the rule. And a lot of times, they actually like it and want it again. That’s the cool part of it. I’ll be posting that recipe next week—stay tuned!

  8. lol thats good … Nice humour I like that the girl can play along. you have a great repertoire with them!

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