Saturday, June 27, 2009
In the very unlikely chance that you have not noticed: it is cherry season in Seattle. This is about the closest thing to a candy tree that you will ever find. If you look around, you will see that there are cherry trees literally all over the entire city. Cherry trees are easy to identify: in the early spring they are famous for their incredibly showy white or pink flowers, and in the summer they have cherries all over them. There are a lot of varieties out there, some very large and sweet, others smaller and more tart. The smaller types are typically used as
"pie cherries", baking with them allows you to add a
little sugar, thus making them more palatable. Other
types are sweet enough to eat directly.
There is absolutely no chance that I will tell you where
the cherry trees that I like to pick are located, but if you
take a walk around your neighborhood, you will almost
certainly find a cherry tree. If located on someone's property,
obtain permission to pick (which is usually easy to do) and go to town.
This bowl represents approximately 1/20th of yesterday's harvest (we picked about 40 lbs in one hour)...most are now in the process of being pitted and heading to the freezer...