Sunday, January 13, 2008

Seersucker mystery

In the frozen-food section of our favorite Asian grocery store, I noticed a package bearing an unfamiliar name: salted seersucker. The package displayed a plate full of bright-green cylinders, a little like stuffed grape leaves — just a little.

I jotted down the name to look up, but neither Google nor the Oxford English Dictionary has given me a clue as to what salted seersucker might be.

I can though report that the word seersucker derives from the Hindi śīr-śakkar and the Urdu shīrshakar, meaning "milk and sugar." (Thanks, Merriam-Webster.) Wikipedia suggests that seersucker might be a matter of the resemblance of the "smooth and rough stripes" of seersucker fabric to "the smooth surface of milk and bumpy texture of sugar."

Salted seersucker, anyone?

[Update, June 23, 2008: The mystery is solved.]

comments: 1

j said...

that is a wonderful origin. so imaginative