Have you ever tried a sour cherry? If you haven’t, you don’t know what you are missing. The sweet and sour juice of this fruit is the most delicious taste on earth, especially when it comes from your favorite grandma’s tree. Every summer for a few weeks before heading off to camp, I spent with my Baba Pearl, who lived on the outskirts of our town. She had this amazing sour cherry tree in her front yard where my brother and I could hide for hours. That tree was magical, so big and grand. It was almost as big as the house and it produced the most beautiful flowers in the spring, and the yummiest sour cherries ( vishnya – pronounced vee-sh-nya) in the summer.
Sour cherries are the fruit I miss the most and for some reason here in America vishnya is not very popular. Farmers here in Michigan only grow them to make jam or to bake pie with them and they never, sold at any markets here. Once we found them at a local market in Canada, but we had to eat them right there, because fruits and other livestock products are not allowed to be transported in US….
There is another vegetable I miss. We used to call it gogoshar (pronounced: ga-ga-shar) – it is a hybrid between tomato and a sweet pepper. I can’t describe the taste – it’s just something between a sweet pepper and and a sweet tomato, it is absolutely delicious and this is how it looks:
I don’t know what more am I missing, the taste of these produces or is it just the taste of my childhood. I think I am becoming nostalgic for no reason. I think it’s time to go back and check what is going on over there, but I am afraid I will be disappointed. Someone please get me some sour cherries and slap me back into reality.