What's your favorite fruit? Summer is coming and with that comes fresh and more local fruit. What one fresh fruit can you hardly wait for each summer?
Our state, Washington, is known for it's apples and those are fine but on the eastern side of the state they also produce lots of stone fruits like cherries, plumbs, apricots and OM Gosh, the peaches are so wonderful!
But for my money the cherries are about
the best thing since the invention of chocolate. We used to drive all the way across the state and buy boxes of fruit to bring home and can for the winter. Now I can get boxes locally when I need to do some canning since there are lots of small businesses that bring them over.
But to choose just one is impossible...lol I love fruit and used to raise everything from apples to blueberries, grapes, strawberries, raspberries..you name it! Our area, Western Washington, grows a lot of strawberries and raspberries, oh and blueberries too, but when the fresh local strawberries are ready it's more than I can resist. The "southern" berries that come up north the rest of the year are OK, but the flavor and texture of local berries is so much better!! It's almost like a different product. The reason is that berries that are local to you don't have to endure shipping that can ruin them so the growers produce a berry that ships better but isn't as juicy and flavorful. But when I'm desperate for some strawberries, like this week, I get a huge box from Costco or smaller chain stores and the grandkids and I inhale them! And these are easy to freeze or make jam. But just for eating...Cherries! I will buy a 25# box from a local man and it gets consumed in sort order by all of the kids, grandkids and myself. Mmmm, mmmmm... It's a shame hubby isn't interested in fresh fruits...lol
What summer fruits are you looking forward to?
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