I tried a prickly pear or tuna fruit a couple of times when I was young. The red flesh of the fruits I tasted were tart and strong, a most overpowering flavour, but what what fascinated me the most about them was to see them being plucked off a cactus. Tuna fruit grow on paddle cactus (opuntia) and to to see something come off a seemingly barren desert plant, and be so colourful and flavourful, was an unexpected experience.
That’s not completely unexpected, I guess, when you consider how much the dark red fruits stand out from the pale green of the parent cactus plant. The prickly pear truly is a blossoming fruit of the desert, calling out to the creatures of the sands to come and taste and spread the seed within. This is quite the wonder of nature and I never tire of seeing pictures of this strange little red desert fruit.
It’s called Armorial Red, and it is a palette of 5 rich colours named (I kid you not) Big Red, Just Upon a Smile, Hot Samovar, Blossom, and Vintage Carpet. That’s so cheesy, it’s brilliant! What’s not to like?
Going back to Armorial Red, it’s a very classic looking palette which shows hints of old early 20th century posters and advertising. There’s something of the old-world charm of ice-cream shops and drug stores to it, along with the obvious medieval coat-of-arms influences eluded to by the official name of the palette. All in all, a useful set of colours that can have a wide range of uses when sophistication and a certain grown-up playfullness is called for.
Colour Lovers looks like a great site, and I have a feeling I’m going to be visiting them often for further exploration. I’ll be sure to post any outstanding discoveries here.