The Legend of the Sycamore Nut

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On a lighter note, I tend to pride myself on having a reasonable amount of common sense. I also pride myself on my knowledge of plant life. Therefore I only have jetlag to blame for the following incident.

On our first night in Bethlehem, we were served some nuts (pictured above) as an appetizer. We all commented on how tasty they were, and even suggested that they were like peanuts, only better. We asked around, and no one could offer us a good explanation for what kind of nut they were. So we determined they must be a magical Holy Land nut.

Fast forward to the next day when we visited the sycamore tree where Zacchaeus supposedly climbed up to see Jesus in Jericho (below). As we got out of the bus, vendors swarmed us attempting to sell scarves, postcards, prayer shawls, and…. Sycamore nuts! Mystery solved and case closed!

So we get back on the bus and offer some sycamore nuts to our guide, Deeb, who proceeds to double over laughing. “Those are peanuts with sugar,” he managed to say between laughs. I guess there is a sucker born everyday.

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I am a husband, father, United Methodist pastor, Wolfpack fan, and outdoor enthusiast who loves meeting new people and hearing their stories... All while trying my best to love God and love others!
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8 Responses to The Legend of the Sycamore Nut

  1. Nancy Carson says:

    That is so funny! Continue to enjoy and maintain your sense of humor! I love you!

  2. Patricia Gunn says:

    LOL!

    Sent from my iPad

  3. Cathy Reed says:

    Will you be bringing back some magical Holy Land nuts? LOL

  4. pastormack says:

    Reblogged this on Pastor Mack's Place and commented:
    I, too, fell for the ruse of the sycamore nut. My friend Parson Carson’s reflections are funny and, since I was tricked too, a little sad.

  5. Carole Archer says:

    Ben, that is hilarious!!!! Thanks for sharing the story.

  6. Paul Thomas says:

    We too fell for this …ho ho and that too a group of about 20 people. We even ended up buying kilos of the stuff from a shop in Bethlehem to take back home !!

  7. Ginger says:

    My parents brought some back this winter and I loved them so much that i was looking for a place to buy them here — then stumbled on the ruse… sad day – but they are very delicious!

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