Tuesday, June 7, 2011

My Freckle Faced Strawberries: This Season's Late Bloomer

Patricia Youngquist uses words and images to tell stories about her passions. Based in New York, she currently is authoring a series of nature books on birds of the city. Now in Apple’s iBooks store @ https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/words-in-our-beak/id1010889086?mt=11

It is said that strawberries are the first fruits to ripen in the spring, but apparently the strawberry plants which I have in my urban terrace garden, are not paying attention to the calendar, as they are only now beginning to produce fruit, and today is already June 7th 2011, thus bringing the first week of June to a close! It looks like it will be a while before I am able to indulge in strawberries and cream (as far as these guys are concerned), but, if truth be told, I think they are too cute to cut from their stems. Strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside, prompting the name, Freckle Face Strawberry, which was given to a powered beverage (made by Pillsbury) in the 1960's and the 1970's, and a screen shot of its packaging can be seen in the image posted below:


Initially, Freckle Face Strawberry shared the "super-market-shelf-spot-light" with Goofy Grape,  Loud Mouth Lime and Rootin' Tootin' Raspberry as well as Chinese Cherry and Injun Orange
which you can see in the screen shots posted below:







Eventually, Civil Liberties groups,  and the need for political correctness, won out, and the latter of these were forced to change their names to Choo Choo Cherry and Jolly Olly Orange, respectively. Howeverthe entire group was joined by Lefty Lemon, a new comer to the mix (if you'll excuse the pun), and all three of the aforementioned can be seen in the screen shots posted below:




This powered drink mix eventually disappeared from super-market shelves, but I think the little faces are cute, cheerful, and worthy of a blog posting. BTW, the screen shots of the packaging for Funny Face beverages were taken from a web-page that you can access by clicking here , and if you would like more information on these former taste treats, please visit that link.

Meanwhile, as for my late blooming strawberries, I hope (if they grow up to be big and strong) to be adding updates to this blog that feature them in a variety of tasty summer treats — but, as I stated, I hate to cut them, so I'll have to see about that when the time comes; and with that thought, I hope, dear reader, that you had a happy 1st week of June!

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