3000 B.C. ~~ long before we were using the glorious SUNFLOWER to adorn our dishes and tabletops ~~
~~ and long before van Gogh and O’Keeffe were inspired by its beauty ~~
~~ Native Americans in the southwest had domesticated it and were pounding and squeezing its seeds into flour and oil, and using various parts of the plant for building material, body paint, and textile dyes.
Although the sunflower is native to North America, it has become an important worldwide commercial crop.
|National Sunflower Association|
And its harvesting is not limited to humans! Birds and other creatures seek out the sunflower seed for its intense energy content.
I think my sunflower dishes are an appropriate choice for
my harvest Table for Two.
These dishes are part of my Charlotte Dishes collection.
I can’t resist a dish in any Charlotte pattern!
There are many varieties of plates in this collection,
so we’ll have several courses.
Let’s start with pumpkin soup.
Creamed or clear broth with pasta ~~ both are delicious!
Chicken and butternut squash will be the entree ~~
with a salad of baby greens, grapes, raspberry vinaigrette
and sunflower kernels ~~
~~ and then dessert ~~
pumpkin pie, of course!
A little candlelight adds a golden glow to the table on early fall nights.
And we should be thankful for the busy bees who pollinate the sunflowers and pumpkin vine flowers!
Thanks to my helper … 🙂
Shall I add sunflower kernels to your salad?
Or do you prefer to feed them to the birds?