Since I am painting limes it would be fun to know the journey of limes:
- thought to originate in Southeast Asia
- 10th century brought by Arab trades back to Egypt and Northern Africa
- Arabian Moors brought them to Spain in 13th century
- spread throughout Europe during the Crusades, along with other fruit trees
- traveled with Columbus on his second voyage 1493 - planted in Caribbean countries
- centuries later used by British sailors and traders to prevent scurvy, from which the seamen got their name "limeys"
- intro in United States in 16th century by Spanish Explorers being brought to Florida Keys - hence the beginnings of Key limes (thus eventually led to Key lime pie - yum!)
- 17th century Spanish missionaries tried to plant them in California - wrong climate
- California Gold Rush miners and explorers demanded limes to prevent scurvy - caused importation from Tahiti and Mexico in mid-19th century
Next watch for the continuing journey of limes in my painting.
Wishing you a lime-like light filled adventure, Nancy