Around my house there are some amazing fruit trees that yield beautiful and sweet red and yellow fruits. Does this mentionb of “fruit” sound vague? Is it because we argue as to what they are. They look like cherries, but they taste like plums. They are growing all over the hills next to my house and at our local park. Most people call them cherries, but everyone agrees they don’t taste like cherries. Either way my kids and I love to pick and eat them. Although we have to fight for the low hanging fruit as we have many neighborhood deer who get to them first.
Recently we went to a friends for a playdate and the mom offered a lovely bowl of pitted cherries. My kids were amazed. “Wow Mom! How come these don’t have pits?” True I like a good kichen gadget, however I feel like the pitter is one that would just spoil everyone. How often are we presented with pitted cherries? And where’s the fun in spitting the pit if there’s simply a hole?
About a week after our playdate my daughter spotted this cute little gadget in a pretty little box. I said o.k. to the “Cherry Chomper” as it looked like a fun summer afternoon project and it is extremely cute. We tried it, but it just couldn’t get by on looks alone. It removed almost the entire inside of the cherry. There wasn’t much left to eat but skin. My kids were dissappointed, but I said I’d try another pitter.
Enter a gun looking (unlock, load and fire) OXO cherry and olive pitter. This works better, but certainly not as cute. It makes a nice hole and leaves much of the flesh, but there is some juice spattering, despite the protective shield. Plus the aftermath is quite gruesome looking.
We’ll keep this one in case I need to do lots of cherries – a pie, a tart, etc. Actually it will inspire me. However I like the plum-cherries right off the tree and I’m not toting around a cherry pitter down the trail. After pitting a few cherries with the pitter my son said “You know mom. We already have the best pitter…our mouths”. Truer words never spoken.