Cherries at the Market and a Rude Customer

Posted on August 20, 2013. Filed under: Food Made Simple, Health | Tags: , , , , , |

Food - Cherries 1Where do start my story today?  Well, I guess right here with this gorgeous bowl of Montmorency Cherries also known as tart pie cherries.  You will never have the opportunity to buy these in a store because they are extremely perishable.  When I ran into a seller offering them at the farmers’ market I snapped them up.  While being in awe that they were only $3 and waiting my turn, I observed the woman ahead of me questioning the seller.  She said, “What kind of berries are those?” (wrinkling nose.)  He kindly and patiently explained they were a tarter, different kind of cherry and would she like to taste one?  Yes, yes she would, grabbing and gobbling.  And then guess what?  “Eeeww” and a dirty look to the seller as though he had offered her such inferior fare compared to the pristine Bings in the store.

How many ways could she have staunched her rudeness?  The ignorance of people at a farmers’ market can be overwhelming to me.  Ok, maybe you’ve never seen this or that, please try to view it as an opportunity to learn, to expand your tastes and to bring your over-chemical-laden body back to some cleaner and fresher foods!  And be nice to the hard-working farmers for goodness sake, what are you, a 4-year-old?  Ok, that’s better, I feel better now.   I guess I should be glad she was there at all, but I pictured her running back to the big chain groceries and being relieved she was in purity-land.  I thanked the seller profusely for bringing these tender babies to market.  It made my day, although I wish I had bought more.

004So, for the uninitiated, let me explain Montmorency cherries.  They are not truly tart, but very complex cherry flavor with much less sweetness than the more commercially common Bing cherry.  They are super juicy and health powerhouses.  They are also much smaller than Bings.  Here is my secret weapon to make them mouth-poppable:  a cherry-pitter.  A bit pricey considering I use it only a couple times a year, but the perfect thing especially when dealing with these little gems.  Mine never make it to pie or other uses.  I eat them straight and immediately!  If you see them at the market, please save me some!

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