Red Pistachios

February 3, 2015 @ HuffingtonPost

isolated pistachio nuts

What the hell happened to red pistachios? If you have no idea what red pistachios are, you’re probably under the age of 30. Once upon a time, however, pistachios used to be bright red — not a natural red, but a dyed red that left your hands (and potentially your face) a vivid hue of cherry. But they’re not around anymore. So what gives?

The disappearance of red-colored pistachios is a direct result of the exponential increase in homegrown pistachios and the limit on pistachio imports from the Middle East. When the U.S. was importing pistachios, the nut shells would often be splotchy in color, the Kitchn explains. The shells got stained from traditional harvesting methods in which the nuts weren’t immediately hulled and washed. Since the appearance of these stains was unappetizing, pistachio producers in the Middle East took to dying the shells bright red to hide the stains, Richard Matoian, Executive Director of the American Pistachio Growers told HuffPost Taste. A few American producers followed suit because the market was used to seeing pistachios with a bright red hue, Matoian said. But all that’s over now.

Read more at Huffington Post


March 1, 2015 @ Moc

Just few notes for these interesting connections …

In Armenian: կարմիր (karmir) = red. This is an Iranian borrowing. krmʾyr, “red”, Sanskrit किर्मीर (kirmīra, “a variegated color”) and Hebrew כרמיל (karmīl, “crimson, carmine”). Ultimately from the word for “worm”: compare Persian کرم (kerm), Sanskrit कृमि (kṛ́mi).
In Greek: (ο) καρμίρης [karmíris] (masculine); (η) καρμίρα [karmíra] & καρμίρισσα [karmírisa] (feminine):colloquial for a poor, stingy, miserable and mean person (ie. always feeling “in the red” ! lol )

Second Impact Bathwater

March 12, 2015 @ RocketNews24


… Even the sea has a surreal hue in the anime, as the cataclysmic events that precede its first episode have turned the waters of Earth’s oceans blood-red. But while the effect is striking enough that it’s hard to take your eyes off it, it turns out filling your bathtub up with one kind of Evangelion bath salts water doesn’t make it a particularly tempting place to take a soak…

According to the Evangelion Store website, the bath salts will make it feel “just like you’re floating in the red sea” of the anime.

Read more at RocketNews24

The Red Factories of Yiwu

December 9, 2014 @ Shanghaiist


The city of Yiwu, just a couple of hours south of Shanghai by fast train, is known as China’s massive Christmas market. From 2001 till now, the booming Christmas production industry there grew from a mere 10 factories to more than 600. The village produces 60 percent of the world’s Christmas decorations and more than 90 percent of China’s.

See and read more at Shanghaiist

The Bogotá Humana female cycling team’s uniform

September 15, 2014 @ GlobalVoicesOnline

Bogota cycling team

The Bogotá Humana female cycling team’s uniform has been the target of criticism and jokes because of its unfortunate color scheme that gives the illusion of a nude body. The red and yellow uniform, to be worn at the road bicycle race Giro di Toscana, contains a beige strip that goes from the waist to the groin.


Male cycle team

If you thought the controversial Colombian women’s cycling team kit was bad, check out this men’s team kit, inspired by the 2010 kit of Footon-Servetto-Fuji…