The naming of fruits and vegetables
I'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.
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