Thursday, 16 October 2008

And now from the people who gave you painted heathers......



PAINTED CORN!

Except in the case of the corn, unlike the hated heathers, it isn't actually painted it just grows in those fabulous colours! The Sock had never heard of it until browsing Allan Jenkins post on the Observer Organic Allotment Blog. Not sure that eating it appeals quite as much though - it reminds the Sock of those little hard chalky pastel coloured sweeties that came on a thread and could be used as edible bracelets.

14 comments:

Pork Chop said...
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Pork Chop said...

I wonder if they lose their colour when cooked as purple sprouting broccoli does?

Arabella Sock said...

Does it? The Bedsock does most of the cooking so it may have escaped my notice.

Karen - An Artist's Garden said...

Not sure I would want to eat them - they look far too pretty - I remember those edible bracelets!
K

Obelixx said...

I grew some supposedly purple corn a couple of years ago along with purple podded beans, purple sprouts, purple carrots - you get the theme.

The resulting cobs were actually as much yellow as purple and not very prolific. I don't remember their colour fading but I do know my daughter refused to eat it cos it wasn't all yellow. They didn't taste any better than normal corn so I'm sticking with the F1 juicy stuff from now on.

Joe Slow said...

I think they would look vwery tasty in a urban stweet twiangular allotment kinda setting

jane said...

I studied these when I was doing genetics many years ago. The colour variation is caused by transposable genetic elements zzzzzzz...

R. Pete Free said...

Oh, the jumping gene thing - like Rosa gallica. I think that's really interesting.

Why is everyone leaving...?

HappyMouffetard said...

I never actually believed those sweet bracelets were edible. I think I was right.

VP said...

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Arabella Sock said...

Look - I have spent all day googling edible bracelets and still haven't found the right ones. Plenty of jellybeans but not the little hard pastels. How zzzzzzzzzzzzz was that.. but I need to know how old they make me... sherbet fountains..
lucky bags... and years later SPACE DUST!!!!!

granro said...

Edible bracelts are just SO last century, Arabella!

These are what the best-dressed male is wearing now.

http://www.presentsformen.co.uk/product.asp?pf_id=3762&adnetwork=af

The Black Finger Nail said...

Maybe if you googled "sweet necklace" rather than bracelet then you would have had more success, for that is what Swizzels "Dolly Beads" are.

Of course your wrists could be just ridiculously thick?

Arabella Sock said...

BFN! You are not as daft as people think although you clearly have too much time on your hands.

I will have you know that I have very slim and delicate wrists. I can link my thumb and little finger (of the same hand although not the same hand as the wrist being measured) around my wrist. This is a sign of being fine-boned and small wristed or of having a very long thumb.