Our gift to you
4 January 2022
Technically, we're regifting since COVID derailed this idea in 2020, but these luscious fruit selections seem worthy of another attempt.…By now you have returned those gifts that were not a good fit and may be thinking about getting fit yourself as you thumb through the seed catalogues dreaming about this year's garden. We would like to offer The Twelve Months of Fruits (1732) to inspire not only healthy eating choices but also selections for garden planting. Think of it as your "seed-bearing structure in angiosperms formed from the ovary after flowering"-of-the-month club. (We trust you are well acquainted with botanist humor by now.)
January offers appealing apples paired with plump pears. We're already thinking about baked apples, pear salad and apple pie (we believe in easing into healthy eating) while wondering if the university would notice an apple tree or two on the roof. For biographical information about artist Pieter Casteels (1684–1749) and publisher Robert Furber (ca.1674–ca.1756), see our Flora Portrayed exhibition catalogue.
About the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation
The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, a research division of Carnegie Mellon University, specializes in the history of botany and all aspects of plant science and serves the international scientific community through research and documentation. To this end, the Institute acquires and maintains authoritative collections of books, plant images, manuscripts, portraits and data files, and provides publications and other modes of information service. The Institute meets the reference needs of botanists, biologists, historians, conservationists, librarians, bibliographers and the public at large, especially those concerned with any aspect of the North American flora.
Scarlett T. Townsend