Una Cereza Por Favor

May 24, 2007 By: erik Category: Food, Photos, Spain 2,101 views

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I was so pleased to see cherries in the supermarket yesterday. They were gorgeous and shiny with a deep red color. As I was consuming them for dessert last night, I was still marveling at how perfect they were. The true cherry archetype.

These pictures are “ripe” for some frame breaking, I think.


Check out the reflection of the white surface.


Even these perfect specimens have little blemishes when viewed up close. Profound, that.

Now for a little about the title. The word for “cherry” in Spanish is “cereza”, which is dangerously close to the word “cerveza”, which, as you probably know, means “beer”. Chances are that if you went to a bar and ordered a cherry, they’d know what you meant and give you a beer. And if you went to a fruit stand and ordered a box of “beer”, they’d probably give you cherries (since you’ve probably had enough beer already if you’re ordering from a fruit stand).

So make sure you pronounce that V in cerveza. Oh, and you pronounce it like a B. In Spain, it’d be, “ther-beth-a”. Cherries cheers to that!

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  • Betsy

    Those are lucious. I’m guessing they are from Algeria or some place rather than Spain this early in the season. Our homegrown strawberries have just hit the fruit stands. They are mostly smallish and wonderfully sweet. We had been getting gigantic (some apricot size) ones from California for a while, but they seem to sacrifice the flavor for bulk. Steroids, I suppose. Try your hand at a cherry pie and send pictures :~)