Thursday, August 5, 2010

Green Pearls I

*Before I start my commentary I want to mention that I am sending out my blog in the evening of the day before one of the group blogs I belong to comes out.  'Daily Painters Originals' is a fabulous blog and I am a bit out of sync with the group.  So please note you will see my blog show up in the evening now.

Green Peas or Green Pearls... hard to tell.  Thanks to Catherine de Medici for bringing the fresh green garden pea with her to France from Italy when she married Henry II in 1533.  The new little peas were such a novel change from the dried peas that had become peasant fare that they created a new vogue in French cuisine.  Since the 1500s the French have been known for their little green peas, 'petit pois.'  The green pea found its way to North America and one avid gardener named Thomas Jefferson loved them so much that he had 30 varieties of them planted in his garden.  When canned vegetables came into vogue in the late 1800s the Campbell Soup Company began canning peas in 1870.  I am sure we can all relate to the dull olive green colour and distinct flavour of canned peas, (the heat of the canning process destroys the chlorophyll.)  Luckily frozen vegetables appeared in the 1920s, and this meant that peas could be harvested and frozen almost immediately before their sugars turned to starch, a process that begins within hours of harvesting.

Not sure how fresh these 'fresh' peas were that I purchased at the Farmers Market, but they were yummy!

Don't you love opening their little zippers to get at the green pearls?

$150.00, 6x12 oil on canvas.


Cynnie said...

This is great!!!
Cynthia Schelzig,,,a.k.a.Cynnie

LindaHunt said...

Wonderful painting and great color! Yes, I think it is great fun to zip open a pea pod!

Gwen Bell said...

Great job on this! Like the way your title ties in so well. With that curl of the stem and the perfectly round peas, it would make a pretty design for a broach. I always enjoy the history you give in your posts as well.

Good idea about the evening post. I'm falling into that same groove of trying not to post the DPO image too early.

Dusty Pines said...

what pretty peas all lined up - they really stand out 3-dimensionally from the pod background! thank you - delightful!