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September 10, 2008

The naming of fruits and vegetables

Honeycrisp.jpgI'm getting discouraged by the names of new vegetable and fruit hybrids. I wonder if the guy who used to make up all the wonderful names like "Honeycrisp" (the apple), "Cherokee Purple" (the tomato) and "Silver Queen" has died.

I love the fact that after Silver Queen corn declined in popularity, Argent is one of the varieties that took its place. (Argent is tincture of silver, something most folks who love the corn probably don't appreciate.)

Anyway, whenever I discover, say, a peach variety I love at the farmers market, I ask the name so I can look for it for next time (or next year, as the case may be). Lately all I've been getting is a mix of letters and numbers that I could never remember. The same goes for the bi-color corn I crave. ...

I've noticed this is happening with cars and lipsticks as well. I realize I'm getting a little off-topic here; but I wonder if naming lipsticks is a full-time job, and if not, who does it?

Don't say I don't do my research for this blog. I was looking at lipstick colors on the Revlon Web site (I just don't feel like filling out my expense report right now), and at least Revlon still has the wonderful old-fashioned names like Persian Melon and Love That Pink that I remember from my childhood. So romantic.

By the way, little known fact: the nectarine is simply a peach without fuzz. But it always tastes like a completely different fruit to me.

(AP Photo/Dean Fosdick)

Posted by Elizabeth Large at 3:11 PM | | Comments (20)


Lipstick! You bring up lipstick today? If you watch the first season of Mad Men you'll find out everything you need to know about the naming of lipsticks.

Great. I have it on my Netflix list, just after Entourage, Season 4. :-) EL

Reading colors and nomenclature ends up sounding like a quarterback calling plays at the line:

blue 32! blue 32!

What about the names of paints? What in god's name colour is Lapland? Terrabella? Everlasting? My favourite name for a colour is "ashes of roses", it's sort of an ashy rose.

In the good old days, the naming of hybrids was probably done by the seed catalog companies (Burpee, et al.), who wanted catchy names to attract orders from their customers. Nowadays, I suspect that the same scientist wonks who create the new (genetically modified) hybrids are responsible for naming them. The romance of naming for salesmanship has given way to the precision of naming by slide rule.

I just went to the Revlon site.

Apparently Revlon has a line of lipstick called "Beyond Natural".

Humpf...(I learned that word over on You Don't Say...good word.)

What look are women going for when they try for "beyond natural"?

Also, this question for female Sandboxers who might have been in their teen years during the late 60's: my girlfriend at the time wore a perfume whose name I recall had something to do with either Paris or France.

Now, this would have been a fairly inexpensive perfume, and I'm thinking it came from, maybe, Rexall or Ben Franklin's, but I'm not sure about that.

Can any of y'all help me with what the name might have been? There is something I've wanted to write for years, but the entire thing hinges on the name of that perfume.

Hey, Laura, does lipstick look different on a pig?

EL, forget Entourage and get Mad Men asap. You'll be glad you did!

Pigs, pit bulls--neither one looks natural with lipstick if you ask me. Maybe that's why they invented "Beyond Natural."


Did the perfume come in a blue bottle?

Henry Reed
Naming of Parts

To-day we have naming of parts. Yesterday,
We had daily cleaning. And to-morrow morning,
We shall have what to do after firing. But to-day,
To-day we have naming of parts. Japonica
Glistens like coral in all of the neighboring gardens,
And to-day we have naming of parts.

This is the lower sling swivel. And this
Is the upper sling swivel, whose use you will see,
When you are given your slings. And this is the piling swivel,
Which in your case you have not got. The branches
Hold in the gardens their silent, eloquent gestures,
Which in our case we have not got.

This is the safety-catch, which is always released
With an easy flick of the thumb. And please do not let me
See anyone using his finger. You can do it quite easy
If you have any strength in your thumb. The blossoms
Are fragile and motionless, never letting anyone see
Any of them using their finger.

And this you can see is the bolt. The purpose of this
Is to open the breech, as you see. We can slide it
Rapidly backwards and forwards: we call this
Easing the spring. And rapidly backwards and forwards
The early bees are assaulting and fumbling the flowers:
They call it easing the Spring.

They call it easing the Spring: it is perfectly easy
If you have any strength in your thumb: like the bolt,
And the breech, and the cocking-piece, and the point of balance,
Which in our case we have not got; and the almond-blossom
Silent in all of the gardens and the bees going backwards and forwards,
For to-day we have naming of parts.

I'm so glad you reminded me of this poem, which I completely forgot about. We read it in college. Thank you. EL

You are thinking of "Evening in Paris" perfume. You could get perfume or you could get toilet water (which sounds pretty bizarre -- yeah, I want to put toilet water behind my ears!)

Dahlink - EL, forget Entourage and get Mad Men asap. You'll be glad you did! Absolutely. While I like Entourage, Mad Men is simply not to be missed. Truly a fantastically crafted show.

See, this is how a TV blog should be done. Again, D@L The Only Blog You Will Ever Need.

D@L is #1.

Who wrote that wonderful poem? I haven't read it in over 30 years; the hair on my neck started to prickle as it came back to me. Thank you, Hue and EL.

Get Mad Men. You will not regret it!

Evening in Paris was a very cheap scent that grade-school kids would give their teachers for Christmas; it was awful! I thought it had died a well-deserved death, but apparently The Vermont Country Store catalog resurrected it. Apparently they don't know when to leave well enough alone!

carolb - I don't know what color the bottle was. Her mother wouldn't let me in the house. LOL

Brown eyed Girl & Dottie: that sounds like it might be it. It had to be cheap...or, inexpensive...because she wouldn't have had a lot of money to spend on it at that age. Thanks!

Evening In Paris, Bucky? I think the bottle was blue.

The first episode of Mad Men is simply one of the best hours ever broadcast on television. Ever. I'm with Fille de Fromage on this one. Run, don't walk, it will blow your mind.

Re: your tapas article on 9/17. I recently dined at the tapas place near the Charles Theater and the problem there as with all tapas restaurants is the small portions which are not large enough to feed a guppy. By the time one orders three items at almost $10.00 each, we might as well order a $25-$30 entree of real food!

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He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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