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First Cherries of the Season!

Brandon Nelson May 9, 2001 04:12 AM

Just can't help myself!

The local farmers market started back up last week. I made my first trip today. Wonderful cherries already! Some friends were having us over for BBQ tonight and we had vollunteered to bring dessert. Chocolate (Scarffen Berger bittersweet) dipped cherries and strawberries made for a lovely last course. A little port to wash it all down. Heaven!


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    Jennifer Fish Wilson RE: Brandon Nelson May 9, 2001 10:38 PM

    The cherries I saw @ Rockridge looked very pale and unappetizing. Am I wrong to judge the cherry by it's color? Pls tell me how to pick the best.

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      Wylie RE: Jennifer Fish Wilson May 10, 2001 01:22 AM

      Watch Cosco. One year, we bought 18lb. of these reddish, golden beauties. They hav'nt been back. I shall never give up.

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        gordon wing RE: Jennifer Fish Wilson May 10, 2001 01:55 AM

        if you want to "know", try tasting them.....

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          Brandon Nelson RE: Jennifer Fish Wilson May 11, 2001 12:05 AM

          Gotta Taste Them!

          Your eyes are often the worst judge of what is good. They only know what is pretty. Cherries vary in size shape and color depending on variety. Bings are very dark when ripe and mature. They don't travel well though. Bings are often from very close to home. Local bings haven't started showing up just yet. Whatever variety they are they need to taste good! So try one.


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            Jennifer Fish Wilson RE: Brandon Nelson May 12, 2001 01:01 AM

            Thx for the great advice. I always feel like a criminal when I taste a cherry before buying so I 'm glad to hear a produce expert give me the ok.

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              Melanie Wong RE: Jennifer Fish Wilson May 12, 2001 10:38 PM

              I got some beautiful Rainier cherries (Calif. grown) in Chinatown today for $1.99/lb. The Bings were much less but weren't quite ripe. The lady packing them gave me the ok to try 'em before buying.

              My favorite produce stand in SF Chinatown is Lien Hing (think that's right), a double store front at 1108-1112 Stockton Street. Ran into my Auntie Ann there this morning, she said it's the best one too. It was mobbed at 8:55AM.

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          Nancy Berry RE: Brandon Nelson May 10, 2001 10:12 AM

          The best cherries I've ever tasted come from C.J. Olson in Sunnyvale. Both their Bings and Rainiers (the reddish yellow ones) are incredible. They are located on El Camino near Mathilda. I don't know whether the Bings are available yet. Usually they sell Burlats in the beginning of May -- these aren't very good -- kind of mushy and they spoil quickly. Wait for the Bings or Rainiers. These folks have a website. I've posted it below.

          Link: http://www.concentric.net/~Bings/

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            Melanie Wong RE: Nancy Berry May 15, 2001 08:08 PM

            Olson's cherry stand is a treasure. I stopped there last 2 seasons ago, the last time they sold fruit from their own trees.

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            Brandon Nelson RE: Brandon Nelson May 11, 2001 10:47 AM

            Good Day!

            One thing I need to mention about cherries, don't ignore the roadside stands! That pickup you pass on your daily commute that has a garden umbrella over it, stop! You will often get the best values buying roadside cherries. Most of them have very few miles on them, something their supermarket sisters can't claim. My greatest problem has always been not eating my way through my entire purchase on the way home.


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              srf1 RE: Brandon Nelson May 11, 2001 11:28 AM

              I totally agree - we make it a rule to not be wearing nice clothes and have napkins in the car. Cherry juice on the side of the car seat can be somewhat hard to clean!!

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