The phrase "eat dirt" has never been complimentary, but there sure are some tasty-looking rocks at the Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum on Washington Street.
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.
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They started collecting minerals that looked like food in 1949 -- 35 years later, they created this banquet spread.
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