Sunday, October 18, 2009

Surinam Cherry-Day 2

© Ellen Blonder
I like the idea of painting this on a mid-tone neutral background; eventual highlights will have more of a chance to "pop." Meanwhile, I've been learning a few interesting facts about this plant. It's also called a Brazilian cherry or Pitanga, the fruit is rich in vitamin C, and the leaves, when stepped on, release an oil that repels flies. The seeds from the fruits contribute to a resinous flavor, so they should be removed. If the fruit is then put in a bowl with sugar, they become mild and sweet, and can be used in recipes calling for other types of berries. To read more than you'll ever need to know, check out this link.

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