Saturday, June 4, 2011

For Now

For now, all we are doing is washing them and eating them right out of the colander.

Last week, the cherry stand opened at our farmer's market with these incredible Brooks variety cherries, the earliest on the market and full two weeks ahead of the Bings.

The Brooks cherry was developed at UC Davis and only released to the public in 1987, so it's the new kid in town compared to Rainiers and Bings, but I like it even better than those two for its complex flavor. Yes, it's sweet but also just a little tangy, not as darkly rich as Bings, not as simply sweet as Rainiers.

I may get around to clafoutis, or even to a pie since these are partially freestone but, for now, we are happy just to hold the smooth shiny fruit between our teeth while we pull off the stem, then bite into a burst of juicy cherriness. Next to strawberries, cherries are my favorites - at least for now.

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Blogger Kailyn said...

Squeee! The second best thing about June -- cherry season. I'm going to have to try those. I usually go for the Rainiers.

Saturday, June 04, 2011  
Blogger Greg said...

Wow! It is cherry season. We used to go to Brentwood and pick them. Seems like an expensive journey this year.

Saturday, June 04, 2011  
Blogger cookiecrumb said...

It seems so delightfully corny to adore cherries. I adore them.

Saturday, June 04, 2011  
Blogger Ms Brown Mouse said...

Cherries, then it MUST be Summer! My paternal grandparents used to pick cherries and they's always send us a box for xmas. We'd eat until sick & mum would bottle the rest in brandy :)

Saturday, June 04, 2011  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Kailyn, what's the first best thing about June?

Greg, if it would stop raining long enough, I'd happily venture out to Brentwood to pick cherries. Let's hope for some sunny weather before their season is over.

Cookiecrumb, who wouldn't love the first stone fruit on the market? And they are so portable! Perfect for picnics, if only the weather would allow.

Ms Mouse, I've had the collywobbles, myself, from eating too many cherries at once. But not since I was a kid. How did your Mom serve the drunken cherries?

Sunday, June 05, 2011  
Blogger Kailyn said...

Haha. My birthday is later this month.

Sunday, June 05, 2011  
Blogger Ms Brown Mouse said...

With ice-cream of course :)

Sunday, June 05, 2011  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Kailyn, well, happy birthday, kiddo! Later this month.

Monday, June 06, 2011  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Ms Mouse, yes, of course. Wise mother.

Monday, June 06, 2011  

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