“Ripe Cherries” is part of the Delicious Collection and Cherries Collection…..
Ah the fabled cherry—the poetic color of luscious lips, and just as sweet. It started out in West Asia (perhaps the Persia-Armenia region) and in two varietals from which all cultivated cherries are descended: Prunus avium (sweet) and Prunus cerasus (sour).
Sweet cherries had spread to Ancient Greece and the Mediterranean by 300 BCE, for Theophrastus mentions them. And Pliny the Elder (1st century AD) mentions that some 8 varieties of cherries were being cultivated in Italy—and that the Romans were spreading them as far north as Britain. The British, in turn, carried it to the New World in the 17th century (Beyond the huge crops in Michigan, California, Oregon, and Washington, American wild cherries include the chokecherry, the pin cherry, and the wild black cherry. Sour cherries have spread even farther north, and are a speciality of Germany and Scandanavia.
Today it is estimated that some 900 sweet varieties (ranging in color from yellow to black) and some 300 sour varieties are being grown. Most sweet cherries will produce fruit only after they’ve been cross-pollinated—honey bees usually do the leg work, carrying pollen from a sweet cherry of another variety soupsong.com
Watercolour on Arches Not Paper…14718 Views ..
Featured as #1 on page 1 of most Popular Art 11/02/09 and in the following groups..
Colour Me A Rainbow…
Food For Thought
Berries Fruits and Seeds…
If it Doesn’t Belong
Food for Thought and many others
TOP TEN WINNER IN BERRIES FRUITS AND SEEDS
CHALLENGE WINNER IN WORKS ON PAPER: Red is Ravishing!
THE MOST POPULAR ENTRY IN A CHALLENGE IN THE FIRST THINGS GROUP
1ST P LACE WINNER OF THE BUBBLERS WEEKLY CHALLENGE
TOP TEN WINNER IN THE WATERCOLOUR CHALLENGE IN PAINTERS IN MODERN TIMES
FIRST PLACE WINNER OF THE NATURA MORTE CHALLENGE IN PIMT…Painters in Modern Times
See some samples of the Delicious collection below…
Plum Blossom with Apples and Cream
Sour Cream Bumbleberry Tart with an Apricot Glaze
Ginger Shortcake with Nectarines and Creme Fraiche
Spicy Chewy Ginger Cookies
Chocolate Cupcake with a Mocha Swirl
Scone with Berries and Cream
Lemon curd and Blueberry Tart