home grown salad tomatoes

Red used to derive from cochineal harvested in Spain mostly. It’s a little bug that lives on the pear cactus. Squish it and it’s blood is deep red! There’s a finicky harvesting job. It used to be Spain’s best kept secret, you could loose a hand or worse for divulging the secret of cochineal. However a Frenchman made a daring undercover trip and outed the secret for good. It used to be an unstable colour, prone to fading. Apparently Turner disregarded this knowledge and wasn’t at all bothered by it. He was regularly asked to repaint watercolour’s that had faded even within a month of being painted. He never did though because he said that would be admission!

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