June’s new words will be fruits! Vancouver summer usually starts around or shortly before June, and one of my favorite thing to do when the hot weather hits is to eat fruits. Fruits are so incredibly versatile that there seem to be endless ways of enjoying them – juice them, make smoothies, eat them straight, cook them into dishes, and use them as toppings for shaved ice!
When I grew up in China, good fruit is hard to come by. Back then it was much too costly for the general consumer to purchase transported fruit, so we are only able to eat whatever is in season, certain things only come by a few weeks a year, such as fresh lychee. Perhaps it was due to how hard they are to come by, it was also one of my favorite part of the summer.
Nowadays fruits are incredibly easy to access, and we are so lucky to be able to enjoy many fruit year round, but every summer still takes me back to my childhood years, a time things are not so readily available.
My dear friend Elaine helped me with the illustration for this month, and hand drew the ten gorgeous fruit illustrations. Both of us are relatively fresh in our current fields, but working together really inspired me to do more and get better. Her and her fiance have an incredibly busy year coming up as they will be getting married, I sincerely wish her all the best things in this world, and can’t be happier for her next chapter in life.