The cherry season is notoriously short. Gather ye cherries while ye may...
There are two kinds of cherry trees around our hamlet outside Saint-Aignan: sour cherries and sweet cherries.
You can just eat the sweet ones right off the tree.
The sour cherries are cooked or made into jam. The most traditional way to cook them is to bake them in a clafoutis,
which is a kind of custard tart. There's a recipe here.
Walt has made two clafoutis over the past 10 days, using sour cherries our neighbors invited us to pick on their property.
This is a good year for cherries. If we don't pick them, birds will.
Another neighbor has a couple of huge trees just covered with sweet cherries in her yard. She doesn't seem to pick them any more,
now that her mother has passed on and her daughter has moved away. It's a shame. You'd need a tall ladder to get to them.