Double portrait of an African American couple - attributed to James H. Gillespie c. 1838
The process by which cauliflower is made is unknown to many who eat it.
First, the cauliflower is mined in the form of raw cauliflow-ore, from which the mineral (often mistaken for a vegetable) takes its name. The Cauliflow mine in northern Italy still accounts for 40% of global cauliflower.
The ore is then refined into ingots slightly smaller than the intended size of the edible final product, and is set on fire. As seen above, the fire alters the chemical structure of the ore into raw cauliflower, making it not only edible, but outright delicious. Cauliflower must still be cooked, as the immediate post flame stage is considered tough and unpalatable.
Cauliflower burns at 70,000 Degrees Fahrenheit during its refinement, and the process provides electricity to 70% of Venice and Milan.
Matthaeus Merian. Narcissus varieties, from Viridarium reformatum… by D. Mich. Bernh. Valentini, 1719. Hand-colored line engraving.
Although I have to point out that there was a piece of speculative science fiction called The Blazing World published by one Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1666, slightly predating Mary Shelley.
Before I am your daughter,
– 1/? Things To Remember (via ahyasidi)
your aunt, niece, or cousin,
I am my own person,
and I will not set fire to myself
to keep you warm.
Zac Posen /Spring 2014 RTW