08 July 2007

Life's a bowl of...

Cherries.

This year I actually tried to document the little cherry tree as it went from flower to fruit.

I'd forgotten it was around until it was in full bloom. The blossoms only lasted a short while, until a giant windstorm left the street blanketed in white petals.

I'd assumed that the storm was so brutal that cherries wouldn't appear. It's not like we ever get a lot of cherries...that is, we don't seem to enjoy many of the little trees fruits. Between the squirrels, birds, chipmunks and the street urchins next door, at most we seem to get is a mediumish bowl of them.

Not this year. I think the street urchins' new tomcat, Taz, has done much to dissuade the creatures (four- and two-legged) from helping themselves. Quite an adorable little butterscotch boy (but then again, most ginger boycats are)...Anyway, the tree fruited beautifully and we've been nibbling on cherries for about two weeks. This week we collected two large carrier bags of mottled, blushing sweet lovelies.

A friend suggested I "do" something with them.

Personally, I think the best thing to "do" with them, is to rinse them and eat them.






cheers!
jasmine

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12 comments:

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

I'll be right over Jasmine to rinse and eat them with you!

K & S said...

these cherries are gorgeous and the fact that they grew in your yard is wonderful!

Kalyn said...

Oooh they do look yummy. When I was a kid I'd eat so many I'd actually get sick.epkbufh

Brilynn said...

I'm currently enjoying a bowl of washed cherries as I read this, there really is no better way.

gilly said...

Hi J! As much as I enjoy a good desert with cherries, there really is nothing quite like eating them fresh and unadorned.

Blue Plate said...

how lovely—your own cherry tree and cherries!

Belinda said...

How wonderful to have such a beautiful bounty of fresh cherries, from your very own tree! I agree 100% with your choice of eating them just as they are. :-)

Shaun said...

Jasmine - I have been looking forward so much to my return to North America, not only to be wtih my angelheart Eric but also to enjoy multiple helpings of cherries. As glorious as your cherries look (and I LOVE the white petals on your cherry trees...so pretty), weren't you even the slightest bit tempted to make a cherry tart or pie? I'm probably not the friend you'd want around, pleading you to "do" something with them.

SusanV said...

Oooh, envy alert! I'd love to be able to grow my own cherries. I'm with you, though--the best thing to do with them is eat 'em!

Nico said...

they are my absolutely favourite summer fruit! Look so good....mmm

Julie said...

I have the same dilemma with summer fruit. I always mean to do something with the fresh blueberries, figs and peaches, but I'd rather eat them exactly as is...isn't that the best way to honor summer fruit:)

Kellyann Brown said...

I say wash, eat, repeat.. ::Smile:: cherry season is way too short, just gorge yourself until the thought of cherry makes you queasy and you're good for another year!