Spring is officially here! That means it's that time to watch for strawberries, cherries and plums. At least, that's what it used to mean. Nowadays, a lot of our fruits come from Peru, Mexico and places south of here. So, we can enjoy fruits all year long. Still, there's nothing better than a plump and juicy piece of fresh and perfectly ripe locally grown fruit.
I remember one summer when I was vacationing with my parents in the Midwest. A friend of ours had an orchard of cherry trees. Guess who spent an entire day climbing ladders and cherry picking? You guessed it. That was heavenly, despite the hard work.
We ate so many melons when I was a kid; I'm surprised that I haven't turned into a cantaloupe. And, strawberries? We grew them in the back hard. How do they get as big as your fist? I never knew, because we always picked them the minute they turned a deeper shade of red.
Grapes are supposed to be one of the best kept secrets for longevity and great health. That's good, because I've had my share of grape popsicles over the years. (I hope that counts!) A famous doctor once told me, the red and purple grapes are better for you than green. Plus, the real fruit is better for you than the juice. But, isn't that true with any fruit?
Last, but not least, there's the kiwi. Where have you been hiding all my life? I love the taste of kiwi. But, blackberries are my new favorite. Sorry bananas, I left you out. Maybe, I've had one too many slices of banana nut bread.
What's your favorite fruit? Chances are, I haven't even mentioned it yet. That's what's so nice about fruits. There's always one more, like peaches or apples, watermelon or persimmons. I'll bet you didn't think of that one, did you?
Before I leave, how do you spell pomegranate? I hated picking through those things when I was younger. Now, I have a tree in my backyard. Just be careful eating them. They can leave a nasty stain on a white tee shirt.