A Curmudgeon Doc on the Eastern Shore of Maryland wondering what has happened to my country.
Ah, The Day of the Bromeliads.
So that's what you get when someone puts a bromeliad in your tea? No wonder it has a libido depressing effect! :-)
A pineapple in your tea? Oh, well. From here:"A hostesses's ability to have a pineapple for an important dining event said as much about her rank as it did about her resourcefulness, given that the street trade in available fresh pineapples could be as brisk as it was bitchy. So sought after were the prickly fruits that colonial confectioners sometimes rented them to households by the day. Later, the same fruit was sold to other, more affluent clients who actually ate it. As you might imagine, hostesses would have gone to great lengths to conceal the fact that the pineapple that was the visual apogee of their table display and a central topic of their guests' conversation was only rented."
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