How did you spend your Memorial Day Holiday? I've spent mine trying to deal with the best sweet cherry harvest ever. For reasons I can't fathom, my dwarf cherry tree produces almost nothing one year, then huge amounts of fruit the following year. But, I've never seen anything like this year's bounty. At first it was thrilling to stand under the branches, yanking the cherries off, popping them in my mouth, and spitting the seeds out on the ground. It's the best way to eat them, in my opinion. But, eventually it was time to start some serious harvesting, or all that fruit would shrivel up on the branches. So, I've spent the last three days picking cherries, with help from Bob.
These are just a few of the cherries we picked on Saturday. I ran through all my big bowls and wound up using my wok for one load. I estimate we picked around 80 pounds of fruit.
Here's the CSI cherry homicide scene after pitting 6 pounds of cherries. It took me almost an hour and, as God is my witness, I will never use a manual cherry pitter again! This is what I'll order for next year.
I did manage to make cherry syrup, but feel overwhelmed about what to fix next. Maybe jam, but that means more pitting. Chocolate cherry bread? Maybe I'll freeze all the little bastards. Tonight, I started stuffing pounds of them in zip lock bags and took them to my neighbors. People are a lot happier to take sweet cherries off your hands than zucchini.