Monday, 2 February 2009

Auspicious apples

We have been in Singapore for a little over a week now and the time so far has been, rather predictably, filled with visits and gatherings with family and friends. And lots of food, of course. I will get on to the food in another post. For now, I just want to highlight some funky apples that I saw at my aunt's house during the first day of Chinese new year.

Chinese new year apples

When visiting family and friends during Chinese new year, one must greet each other with auspicious sayings such as 'xin nian kuai le' (happy new year), 'gong xi fa cai' (blessings of wealth and prosperity), and 'shen ti jian kang' (may you have good health). Such phrases are also placed on the walls in the form scrolls and other new year decorations. This is the first time that I have seen it on apples!

Reading from the top right in a clockwise manner, the words on the apples read 'zhao cai jin bao' (welcoming wealth and prosperity) (You might have noticed that the Chinese is rather obsessed with wealth and fortune...).

Zhao cai jin bao

No one was quite sure how the words were created on the surface of the apples, not even my aunt who bought them. My guess would be that paper cut outs of the Chinese characters were pasted on the apples just before they ripen, so that when the apples turn red, the parts covered by the cut outs would remain yellow/green. What do you think?

12 comments:

Jenna said...

I love the sponsorship by Coca Cola. I didn't realize the characters were part of the apple until you said it. I assumed they were painted on somehow (I think I was imagining they were painted on with some gold chocolate, yum)

VeggieGirl said...

So intriguing!! I have no idea how they did that, haha.

Anonymous said...

Got it right the first time: stickers while ripening.

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Little Corner of Mine said...

Very creative! Have to be creative in order to earn more during the CNY I guess. People do like something new and creative.

tigerfish said...

This looks like a nice lucky CNY gift :)

Nik said...

I like this apple gift! And you got the nail on the head, that's exactly how it's done. They sell apples with little hearts on them at some Gernman markets. I think that's so cute.

noobcook said...

They are so adorable! I rather have them than mandrain oranges haha

didally said...

Lovely apples! And welcome back to SG. You must be enjoying your time here, yah?

mycookinghut said...

First time I saw this!! Very nice!

Food For Tots said...

It is new to me too! I will definitely finish all the apples at once to receive such a good blessing. Hehehe!

diva said...

wow..definitely some funky apples! i've yet to see anything like this before. Happy lunar new year..it's coming to an end and i'm sad. x

Zoe said...

wah...how come i never saw them!?!?

(then again, i haven't been around much or shopping a lot...)

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