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Re: First Swiss cherries of the season - yummy!

If you can get them make the most of it. Seems it is going to be a very poor harvest this year due to the cold snape at Easter
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If you can get them make the most of it. Seems it is going to be a very poor harvest this year due to the cold snape at Easter
I do. I've got 3 kg of freshly picked, small, sweet cherries from an orchard in my area (they were cheaper than the bigger ones but much sweeter) and I'm planning to freeze at least half of them...I like them fresh or in a cherry cake, so I'll save a few for when the summer is over...
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Re: First Swiss cherries of the season - yummy!

Plenty of farms and stands selling cherries over the weekend when we went to Bienne. We picked up another 2 kgs at our favourite farm for 7 francs per kilo. Cheapest of all the ones we passed.
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Re: First Swiss cherries of the season - yummy!

A newer problem cherry (and blueberry) farmers have been dealing with is the invasion of the fruit fly. These flies are attracted to overripe fruit and then lay an egg in fruit still ripening which basically ruins the fruit. Quite often, farmers pick fruit that has reached the ripening stage just to save the whole crop from the dreaded fruit fly.
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A newer problem cherry (and blueberry) farmers have been dealing with is the invasion of the fruit fly. These flies are attracted to overripe fruit and then lay an egg in fruit still ripening which basically ruins the fruit. Quite often, farmers pick fruit that has reached the ripening stage just to save the whole crop from the dreaded fruit fly.
They are a plague in my kitchen too... You can't let anything outside of the fridge.
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Re: First Swiss cherries of the season - yummy!

To combat fruit flies place a wedge of lemon in a small glass or plastic bowl and add a little water, place it on your work top, this will attract the majority of them, most will drown.


To combat flies, wasps and bees: place a coffee spoon full of jam and place it in a small glass or plastic bowl, add a wee bit of warm water so that it dissolves.
I learnt this trick from a restaurant over here, every summer they hang a few of these bowls from the branches of trees on their terrace, works a wonder.
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A newer problem cherry (and blueberry) farmers have been dealing with is the invasion of the fruit fly. These flies are attracted to overripe fruit and then lay an egg in fruit still ripening which basically ruins the fruit. Quite often, farmers pick fruit that has reached the ripening stage just to save the whole crop from the dreaded fruit fly.
If you find a cherry with a little hole in it, squeeze the cherry and out will pop the fruit fly grub. Mmmmmm...
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Re: First Swiss cherries of the season - yummy!

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To combat fruit flies place a wedge of lemon in a small glass or plastic bowl and add a little water, place it on your work top, this will attract the majority of them, most will drown.


To combat flies, wasps and bees: place a coffee spoon full of jam and place it in a small glass or plastic bowl, add a wee bit of warm water so that it dissolves.
I learnt this trick from a restaurant over here, every summer they hang a few of these bowls from the branches of trees on their terrace, works a wonder.
Sorry to go off topic, but do you also cover the glass with clingfilm and poke holes in? I've been doing this with red wine vinegar for 2 days and caught a whole 2 fruit flies...
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If you find a cherry with a little hole in it, squeeze the cherry and out will pop the fruit fly grub. Mmmmmm...
I've scoffed over a kilo of cherries this week. I wish this post had come a bit sooner...

I only tossed the ones that looked like they'd gone a bit mushy and/or had the beginnings of mould (thanks Migros )
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Re: First Swiss cherries of the season - yummy!

Some delicious cherries, definitely. Came across some yellow small ones at a local market that are more tart - quite tasty.

Of course, I am still having the good fortune of coming across exquisite strawberries which trumps them all
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Re: First Swiss cherries of the season - yummy!

Still plenty of places selling cherries down in the Seeland area. We got another 2 kilos from our favourite farm today as nearly finished the previous 2.
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To combat fruit flies place a wedge of lemon in a small glass or plastic bowl and add a little water, place it on your work top, this will attract the majority of them, most will drown.


To combat flies, wasps and bees: place a coffee spoon full of jam and place it in a small glass or plastic bowl, add a wee bit of warm water so that it dissolves.
I learnt this trick from a restaurant over here, every summer they hang a few of these bowls from the branches of trees on their terrace, works a wonder.
Thanks for the tip, Rachel Moore. I got rid of them in a more simplistic way, I just threw away all the fruits that were lying around and already infested, and scrubbed the kitchen surfaces a few times with various detergents. No sign of beasts since then. But I keep everything in the fridge now, including apples.
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Re: First Swiss cherries of the season - yummy!

It's that time of year again. Picked up our first kilo today at Aarberg. Just spotted the kirschen sign as we drove past so turned around and got a couple of 500g boxes for 8.50. Wasn't expecting to see them this soon as the ones on the cherry trees opposite us are still very green.
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Re: First Swiss cherries of the season - yummy!

cherry pie time soon
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Re: First Swiss cherries of the season - yummy!

Can't wait for our cherries here. Don't know which variety is the one we have here, but it's the best I ever tasted.
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Re: First Swiss cherries of the season - yummy!

Picked up 2kgs at our favourite farm yesterday - 6 francs a kilo so much cheaper than they've been the last few years. Just going to have some for desert after Sunday lunch.
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Picked up 2kgs at our favourite farm yesterday - 6 francs a kilo so much cheaper than they've been the last few years. Just going to have some for desert after Sunday lunch.
Enjoy! I noticed they taste even better when you picked them yourself, it's like you have to "earn" them somehow.
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Re: First Swiss cherries of the season - yummy!

We didn't pick them, farmer had done that already. We just buy the filled containers and bring them back home to enjoy.
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We didn't pick them, farmer had done that already. We just buy the filled containers and bring them back home to enjoy.
That's also good. There're a few farms that have this Selberpflücken option and "open days" around where I live, and it's interesting for all the kids I know, especially for them. I'm all for teaching and showing kids how things arrive on our plate, what kind of effort and hard work does it take, and why wasting food is such a terrible thing. It's not about saving those one or two francs, I regard it as a favour tbh.
(there was a study a while ago in one of those super-industrialized nations, about children believing milk - for instance- comes from the supermarket....)
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Re: First Swiss cherries of the season - yummy!

I was all motivated to make a pie, and hd OH pick me up a kg of cherries, but they got eaten before pie could happen...oh well, Ill have to try again..
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