Ripe prickly pear fruit

Ripe prickly pear fruit
cobalt123 / CC BY-NC-SA

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.

Armorial Red at Colour Lovers

Some random browsing brought me to this palette of colours on the Colour Lovers site (The name already gets my approval!)

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.