Friday, December 4, 2009

Lime Wedges

These plump, juicy, lime wedges are sitting on a piece of tin foil, reflecting back their dimpled green skin.  While slicing into the rind and flesh of the lime my nose caught the unique sweet, almost floral fragrance of this fruit ,which reminded me that essential oil of lime is a main stay in the perfume industry.  This cute little green citrus fruit originated in Malaysia and found its way to the Mediterranean region via the Crusaders in the 1300's.  Then the Spanish introduced it to Mexico and the Caribbean Islands in the early 1500's, where it flourished.
Limes, like lemons are good to have as a staple in your kitchen.  Usually I keep mine in the refrigerator (when I am not using them as a painting prop)... they look fabulous (and festive) in a bowl as a center piece for your table.
Of course they also add a nice touch sitting on the rim of a special drink...

9x12 oil on canvas (needs some drying time)

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