Pick-your-own: Tart Cherries and Strawberries

This past weekend, I got to spend a lovely afternoon with my dad.  We met up at a local farm and picked some tart cherries (or “sour cherries” or “albaloo”  in Farsi) and strawberries.  While albaloo-gathering was our main goal, we lucked out and were able to enjoy the tail-end of strawberry season too.  I couldn’t have asked for a better day.  We had great weather and great conversation and to top it off, I got to make off with some tasty loot.

We have gone to pick albaloo for a couple of years now and I love that it always reminds me of going to pick them when we were younger.  It never fails to  amaze me that I get so much satisfaction from eating something that I picked myself.  I can’t wait to have a garden one day and then eat the things I have actually grown myself too.  I guess going fruit picking and eating the tomatoes and cucumbers from my parents’ garden will have to do for now. :)

Thought I would share some of my favorite pictures from our lovely afternoon.

So, we picked several buckets of tart cherries,

along with a crate full of strawberries too.

I can not wait to make some goodies with my albaloo.  I would try and make something with the strawberries too but they did not last very long in our house.  Perfectly ripe and sweet, we couldn’t resist.

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20 thoughts on “Pick-your-own: Tart Cherries and Strawberries

  1. Delightful post! MMMM….looks so good! I’ve been wanting to make some strawberry freezer jam. Maybe I’ll make some albaloo pie. If you have any special recipes for your harvest…please share!

  2. What a lovely post about a lovely day. Beautiful pics – they make me want to be there too. :D We don’t have cherries, but July is blackberry picking season for us and I can’t wait!

  3. sounds like good quality time to me! I had sour cherries for the first time last year (well, the first time knowing what they were–I’ve surely had them many times before, especially when I lived in the Czech republic) and they are amazing. I’ve missed the pyos the past two years but I am really hoping I’ll make it this year. Funny, it sounds like there is s different Farsi word for cherries and sour cherries? That’s the same in a lot of Eastern European languages as well. We had strawberries this weekend (we’re mid season) and I’ve been busy jamming as many as I can before they spoil–they are so much more delicate than storebought, but so much more delicious. There should be different words for the two types of strawberries too. :-)

    • Yes indeed, there are two different words for sweet cherries and sour cherries! And I love that you are getting the opportunity to make so much jam! I may actually end up making jam with some of my sour cherries because I have so many! :)

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