Friday, December 01, 2006
Cactus Pear - Still Life
5x7 Oil on Stretched Canvas
I used a background of dark greenish brown paper. It was a bit of a challenge but think it turned out pretty close.
I was in the grocery store and was in a vegetable and fruit mood. I spied an interesting new subject. I asked the produce man what this was. He had no idea. So, When I got to the register it did not take the checker but a minute to figure it out. I actually purchased 3 of these. They were $1.49. The have red juice inside and almost sweet smelling. I have to figure out how to consume these. I usually eat the still life but this one is tricky. I was told the needles were cut off but for some reason every time I pick them up I get little tiny ones in my fingers and hands. So, hopefully I will be able to prepare this and not let $4.47 go to waste.
I found some information on the Cactus Pear also known as Prickly Pear.
prickly pear = Indian fig = Indian pear = barbary fig = tuna = cactus pear Notes: The pulp of these cactus fruits is a brilliant red or, occasionally, a yellowish green, and it tastes a bit like watered-down watermelon. Cooks exploit the color by adding slices of the pulp to fruit salads, or by puréeing it and straining out the seeds. They're quite popular in Hispanic countries and around the Mediterranean. Substitutes: pepino melon OR watermelon (much larger)