Every few weeks here in the summer, a different fruit comes into season. Unlike the mega-grocery stores back in the states, you usually can only get the fruit that is in season. Instead of bland watery strawberries, or peaches that have been genetically engineered to be shipped hundreds or thousands of miles, in Switzerland they mostly still stick to only selling what’s fresh and good. Fresh fruit picked at the right time (rather than too early) tastes incredible. The only bad thing about having really good fruit like this is that it goes bad quickly and you have to eat it, can it, or bake it within a week of bringing it home. I try to buy fruit grown here in Switzerland, but occasionally pick up items from France, Italy, and oddly enough, Israel (the latter only in winter, though). OK, off my soapbox about the US farming industry and on to the goods!
Lately nectarines and apricots have been all the rage. Blueberries just hit their height, and we’ve probably bought at least a half a dozen cartons, mostly devoured by my son, so I have no pictures of those. Recently peaches have popped up too.
Swiss Peaches and Nectarines
Today, though, I found the biggest plumpest juiciest cherries at a road-side stand. I’ve never seen cherries this big!
The skin is thin, the fruit sweet, and I couldn’t help but stop and eat a few on the walk home. Eddie kept crowing for more as well. I swear we only had two… or maybe five… ok, I think the colander is really big, so it looks like there are a lot less…
At any rate, my nectarines are already starting to turn so I think I will make a delicious cherry and nectarine clafoutis very soon. It is one of my favorite desserts to make. Mmmm!!!