Today I came home quiet late, tired and hungry.How happy I was finding bowl full of plums in the kitchen!I just love them, how sweet-sour they are,they are one of my favorite fruits.And there is still something I love above all besides the plum nutritional facts .It is the bluish hue covering fresh plums, making them look like appearing from blue skies ,bearing something eternal with them.Jet it is only biology and it is called epicuticular wax.Or is it some art as well,inspiring painters since far centuries?Decide it for yourself………..I already know it………..
Mature plum fruit may have a dusty-white coating that gives them aglaucous appearance; this is easily rubbed off. This is an epicuticular waxcoating and is known as “wax bloom”.Plums may have been one of the first fruits domesticated by humans. Plum remains have been found inNeolithic age archaeological sites along with olives, grapes and figs.
|A plum whole and split|
|Subfamily:||Maloideae or Spiraeoideae |
|See text. from:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plum|
|Three Friends of Winter|
|The Three Friends of Winter by the Song Dynasty painter Zhao Mengjian|
Culturally, pine, bamboo, and plum are regarded as linked in the context of winter because they flourish together at that season. For this reason they are commonly known as the Three Friends of Winter or referred to simply by their linked names:Song Zhu Mei (松竹梅) in Chinese, transliterated as Sho Chiku Bai in Japanese (literally “pine, bamboo, plum”). The pine and plum-blossom add their fragrance to the cold air and are therefore valued as bringers of distinction to adverse conditions. This is further emphasised by the evergreen qualities of pine and bamboo, added to the early flowering of the plum while snow is still on the ground, and makes of them symbols of perseverance and integrity. In this connection, they also symbolise longevity: bamboo and pine because of their evergreen quality, plum blossom because it reappears on the age-old branches. from:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Friends_of_Winter
Prune sur paravent du peintre Kanō Sanraku (17esiècle).from:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Prune_sur_paravent_par_Kan%C5%8D_Sanraku.jpg
Ogata Korin (1658 – 1716): Red Prunus and White Prunus (left hand screen),from:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:White_Prunus_Korin.jpg
Cottage of the Cultivated Plum Trees, painting by Ch’ien Tu #QianDu#,1815,from:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:’Cottage_of_the_Cultivated_Plum_Trees’,_painting_by_Ch’ien_Tu_(Qian_Du).jpg
- Left, Hiroshige: Plum Estate, Kameido 1857; from “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo”; 13.25 × 8.625 in (33.7 × 21.9 cm);The Brooklyn Museum.
- Right, van Gogh: Japonaiserie, ‘Flowering Plum Tree’ (after Hiroshige), oil on canvas, 55 × 46 cm (21.7 × 18.1 in); Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.