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Bush Cherries

I just have to say that after my nascent experiences with this plant (planted in fall 2008), everybody should have them!  I cannot believe they've been in the ground for 18 months (and were mere stems with about two leaves, I tell you) and we've already harvested 7 lbs off of them this year!  They're not super sweet but not too tart to eat fresh (see pic at right below!) We have two bush cherry plants, Jan variety.  Get some!  You'll be glad you did.

Bush Cherries! 

So after much deliberation while pitting all these babies (the little guy caved in about half way through), I came to a realization.  I'm growing this fruit to be nourishing to my family.  I tend to want to put it all up or bake it into something really sweet and wonderful...which is ok sometimes, especially in the winter when we need a little taste of sunshine.  But I need to remember to just eat stuff up as we bring it in.  Plus, I believe it's the most nourishing in its original state .  So, I went out and picked a pound of peaches, sliced them and added them and the cherries to a large bowl.  I tossed the approximately 3 pounds of fruit with maybe 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, about 1/3 c. of raw Oklahoma honey and a dash of almond extract.   Yum, yum, yum!  I don't know if it gets much better than this...at least not for me!



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