Rasta seh "Fiyah Pan Dat"

by Robert
(Manchester, Jamaica)


Photo Contest Entry #56 - Rasta seh "Fiyah Pan Dat"

There was a time in Jamaica when no respectable rasta would be caught walking along a particular road in Kingston. There is a story too, about a certain hoity toity lady who went overboard in her effort to speak only the Queen’s English.

She refused to call this same road by its rightful name. The Road in question is Hagley Park Road. Rastas kept away because the “Hag” part sounded too much like hog, with which they did not deal, and the lady called it Pigley Park Road because saying “Hagley” sounded too ghetto.

This picture was taken in late November. While I’m not sure what name they go by these days back in my time the items in the picture were called hog plums.

For the record I’ve never heard them being referred to as pig plums. My family and I happened to be driving on a back road I haven’t been on since my prep school days and when I saw them I had to turn back and sample a handful.

The memories came flooding back, among them the number of worms I ate back then! The kids who grew up in places like Kingston sure missed something.

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