Mixing it up

Pulled out the pink #2 bowl in my melamine bowl set, to use as a salad bowl — it also gets used as a pasta bowl, a stir-fry bowl, and of course as a mixing bowl in cooking — and once again admired the set: for its durability, its utility, and the cheery beauty of its colors:

(#1)

From smallest to largest: orange, pink, red, green (lime, rather than forest), and blue. Five of the six primary colors, with pink standing in for purple/violet, and missing yellow.

A note on the substance melamine, bits extracted from a much longer Wikipedia article:

The German word melamin was coined by combining the words: melam (a derivative of ammonium thiocyanate) and amine. Melamine is, therefore, unrelated etymologically to the root melas (μελας, meaning black in Greek), from which the words melanin, a pigment, and melatonin, a hormone, are formed.

Melamine is combined with formaldehyde to produce melamine resin, a very durable thermosetting plastic used in high pressure decorative laminates such as Formica, melamine dinnerware, laminate flooring, and dry erase boards.

In various forms, melamine has a huge number of industrial, medical, and agricultural uses.

Three more bowl sets — another one with 5, and two with 6 — from various sources, with descriptions as in the ad copy (including the use of caps):

(#2)

Mix it up with the colorful Room Essentials Mixing Bowl Set. These mixing bowls are fun and fresh in these vibrant colors. They will add a pop of color to your everyday meals. They nest nicely together for convenient storage. The smooth plastic material should be hand washed only. With this great set you will have the perfect sized mixing bowl for every job in the kitchen.

Pink, blue, (lime) green, orange, red.

(#3)

Not only is this Oggi Melamine 6-Piece Multi-Purpose Mixing Bowl Set colorful, it also will come in handy in the kitchen. The set includes bowls in various sizes ranging from a large size for salad to a small one for dips.

Purple (well, magenta), orange, yellow, (lime) green, blue, red.

(#4)

Gourmet Home Products 6-Piece Melamine Mixing Bowl Set from Walmart

Yellow, orange, red, purple, (lime) green, (turquoise) blue.

The last two have the six primary colors and so can be arranged into a Pride rainbow, if that’s your pleasure.

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