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Super Expensive Cherries!

May 7, 2018

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It’s that time of year again in Japan. We’ve already done Expensive Strawberries and Expensive Melons, so now it’s time for some super expensive cherries.

We’re just very excited to do this video, because we love cherry season. I didn’t eat many cherries back in Canada growing up. We almost never bought them back in my home. I’d have them from time to time but I never really liked them because they were always super tart, and if I’m gonna have tart fruit I’ll go for grapefruit instead. In fact, I’d say most of the cherries I ate back home were on the tops of cakes, and I never really liked those either.

But these cherries in Japan, hoooo boyyyy. We love them. Maybe because our tastes have changed as we’ve gotten older. Younger me might not like these cherries in Japan, but I don’t see how I wouldn’t like them. The tartness that I’m used to is all but gone, only in traces on the more expensive cherries. You know, that makes me think: you sometimes hear people describe cherry flavours in wines, but it would depend what country you grew up in for that description to be useful, right?

We get cherries often here in Japan. Never big batches, and nowhere nearly as expensive. We get just small little boxes of them, then have a few after dinner as our dessert. The $10 box we got was an expensive one as well, but all that was available at that shop. Probably because they’re all from Hayashi farms, which are always steep, even in their lower end fruit. The small boxes we get are usually $4-5 or so. Still not super cheap, but not a buck a cherry, at least. Darker American cherries are available sometimes as well, but we don’t usually get those, just because we’d rather eat local than import, if we can.

Side note: the flowers I got for Martina weren’t just for softening the blow of the cost of the cherries. I regularly buy Martina flowers. Hey: if you’re in a relationship, buy stuff for the other person. It doesn’t have to be expensive stuff, like Gucci bags or whatever. Just small gestures are good enough. Those were five Gerberas I got Martina, because I know she likes Gerberas, and it’s nice to see her smile when she gets them. Do the same for your S/O.

Ok enough preaching. We’ve got some extra scenes to share with you below, if you’re interested in hearing the story about Martina’s cherry earrings!

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  1. In the 10years of watching your video first time ever to leave you a comment.. Have you tried Okayama banana the one you could eat with their skin?? Take care~

    4 months ago
  2. That Meemers pillow is freaky XD then there was Meemers inception with him on the couch – LOL!
    What a delight, who knew that Japan had special eating cherries as well as special ornamental cherries? Not me, anyways ;). Those cherries have a texture that reminds me more of plum, rather than the berries that I’m used to, that might explain the thick skin and deep bite. Looks delicious. Myself, I do love cherries but not much has changed over the year with supermarket cherries here in Ontario since Martina was a kid. You really have to get cherries right from the farmer (or market) to get tasty ones because they damage easily so are often picked early to ship in a truck. The safest (but messiest) bet is to buy the buckets of cherries they sell in June because those are definitely ripe already (and de-pitted) but you get a big pail of them at once. Rainier (white/yellow) cherries are a bit sweeter but the ones grown in Canada are really a different variety, they won’t get a that honey flavour, they’re too earthy. I particularly like Morello cherries (hard to get – $50 for a medium basket at the market @[email protected]) but not to eat straight, they make the best jam though…..Crofters make a good commercial version but they are expensive ($9 for a tiny jar). I’d really like to try some of these expensive Japanese fruit at least once, I can see why they make a good guest-gift. Flowers for no reason are the best flowers Simon, you’re so sweet!

    5 months ago
    • Ah, I remember getting buckets of strawberries back in Ontario. Haven’t done it for Cherries, but I really miss that. It’s one of the first memories Martina and I have together. I lost my sunglasses or hat in the field, I don’t remember too clearly. But I do miss those farms. We’ll be back in August. I hope there’s something we can get that time of year.

      5 months ago
      • Well, this year has been weird for weather, so fruit will be late. You could get lucky and catch the end of wild blueberries at the start of August. There are always re-blooming strawberries, saskatoons, and raspberries you can get from farms in August also, but they rarely have u-picks for berries at that time of year. End of August, you’ll be able to pick your own corn though. If you have any interest in getting away from the Big Smoke, let me know, maybe we can meet up for an adventure :3

        5 months ago
  3. I actually really miss those dark cherries from Toronto. My dad only ever bought them in season from a Farmer’s market or from a grocery store if they were expressly marked as Ontario cherries. If they were firm their flavour was really good – I would do a squeeze test before selecting which cherries I ate to ensure less rotten cherries in my bowl.

    I think one of the reasons why Japan may have better tasting fruit (in the affordable range) is they have a longer growing season than Ontario. Because fresh produce from Ontario (when in season) tastes good – expensive – but good. The trick is really to try and buy locally and in season. Which is next to impossible after September back home.

    5 months ago