Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Scoops of Color

Where I live, this is the time when rhododendrons bloom in rainbow colors that always remind me of cool, refreshing scoops of sorbet. There are over 1,000 species of rhododendrons, which were originally found in Nepal. Click any of the four images to see some lovely details.
The Chinese introduced sorbet to the Persians who then showed the Arabs how to make sweetened fruit drinks that were sometimes poured over snow. The words, sorbet and sherbet, come from the Arab word for these beverages, "sharbab. " Sorbet was introduced and became popular in France in the 17th century. Sorbet photos from Häagen-Dazs.

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