Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Eye-catching botantical prints of fruit and vegetables

Here's Joe Whitlock Blundell of the Folio Society on their new title The Herefordshire Pomona, images from which appear above and right:  "It is a masterpiece of chromolithography, and the loveliest fruit book I’ve ever seen. We are embarking on a facsimile edition, and here are a couple of plates before we started work on them. As you can see, the fruit have an almost super-real quality, which comes from their being printed in 8 or 10 colours."
Below is another botanical beauty; you can download the full-sized pdf of this vintage print of a pear here. Pair it with a thrift-store frame of choice and you've got instant kitchen decor.
Not to slight the vegetables, here are some artsy, antique images of rhubarb, peas, beans, cabbage, artichokes, lettuce, and more. (I must say, the one labeled broccoli looks like cauliflower to me.) These should also print out nicely if you change the resolution to match your printer's optimum capability (probably 150 dpi).
Whose tulips are up? Mine are! We'll go out with a pretty floral display.
FYI, you can take $2 off your next Daedalus Books order just by trying the "Fruits & Vegetables" Quiz in our latest Forum, described below.
If you're interested in various aspects of choosing, growing, or preserving healthy, delicious food—and who isn't?—then have a look at the latest Daedalus Books Forum, called "The Simple Life: Ideas to Nourish and Sustain." We've curated books that highlight cooking with fresh ingredients, that inspire going local, that talk about protecting the environment, and that celebrate "homesteading" (growing, making, and preserving your own victuals!).


  1. The quiz is for fun--but it seems to have trouble deciding if it wants the example or the exception.
    The code is there to reward even a zero score.