Banquet of Rocks at the Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum
|Breakfast Rocks: Sandstone, quartz, and agate -- yum.|
The museum's "Banquet of Rocks" display features more than a dozen rock and mineral dishes that look startlingly edible, from a steak (quartz and jasper) platter featuring corn-on-the-cob (limonite) and carrots (stalactite tips) to a breakfast platter including pancakes (sandstone), milk (tin oxide) and coffee (garnet sand).
This fascinating display began with two rock collectors from Phoenix, Arless and Margaret Nixon.
|The Banquet of Rocks, set in stone at the Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum.|
There's also a scrumptious-looking piece of lemon meringue pie (travertine), French fries (splinters of rhyolite), and an egg, over-easy, created from quartz and agate on chalcedony. It sounds strange, but don't go hungry, or those big, round olives (obsidian) might start to look too good.
To see the "Banquet of Rocks," visit the Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum at 1502 W. Washington Street.
|A bowl of "fruit": Limestone, chert, fossil coral, quartz, sandstone, and calcite.|