Dr. Udayashree Nune is a family practitioner in Clewiston, Florida. She’s originally from South India and comes from a family of doctors. She speaks fluent Arabic, English and the Indian dialect, Telugu. She is a doctor of internal medicine, an OB/Gyn who has delivered thousands of babies in India, Libya and the U.S. …. and she’s a gardener!
Her family history is absolutely intriguing. Udaya’s life story is one that I will never forget. As a little girl growing up in India, she had a series of events happen to her that sounds like the script of a movie. When she told her mother that she didn’t want to live on a dirt floor anymore and asked what she needed to do, her mother replied that she should become a doctor. So she did. Her career started that very moment.
It was a long, difficult road for her that had many obstacles. She sacrificed eating lunch and dinner so that she could use the money for transportation to school instead. Transportation consisted of many hours and many buses to get where she needed to go. Udaya overcame so many trials and tribulations… most people would have given up. She didn’t and she still doesn’t.
Dr. Nune comes from a culture that is so different from mine. She knows how to maximize her resources and appreciates the little things that I tend to take for granted (like water always coming out of the faucet.) She always shows me something new that I’ve never heard of before. So far, she’s turned me onto Indian yogurt, curry leaves, soap nuts, neem, gongura, drumstick soup, seagrape leaf dinnerware and numerous other cool things.
So what does a doctor grow in her garden?
Dr. Nune is growing Florida peaches, apples, papaya, bananas, figs, citrus, tamarind, curry, moringa and many other edibles… all on just over a quarter acre lot. I’ll have to do another post on all the wonderful things she has introduced into my life. The drumstick soup, tindora fry, soap nuts, neem and gongura are a few of my favorites. When she told me the stories about washing with soap nuts as a little girl in India, I had to find out all about them. We both ordered some online and we’re using them successfully.
Gongura is new to me. My kids and I just love the freshly picked leaves. Dr. Nune likes to stir-fry, pickle and steam them. When she steams them she puts two green chilis into the water. If Dr. Nune ever opened restaurant, there’d be a line around the block to get in. She makes everything taste delicious!
Her back yard is filled with fruit trees, vegetables and many varieties of pepper plants peeking out from under the trees. But… her front yard is filled with flowers. She is clearly a woman who appreciates the beauty of flowers, from roses to impatiens and everything in between.
She never gives up and loves a challenge. Her personality is infectious and we all love and adore her.
Come grow with us!