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CHERRIES THE FIRST TREE r FRUIT TO PROCLAIM
The cherry is generally the first small fruit which is noticed by
children. Its color, shape and grace are all attractive the eye.
What appeals to the child often merits
a grown-up's second thought. At any rate
there is no distinction in age when it comes to
the popularity of these delicious little balls of
sweetness. N ,
The cherry season is here.
Just the thought of the gayly dangling red
clusters of fruit brings smiles. And the realiza-
itian is in the eating.
The cherry is the cheerful fruit.
It has appealed to humanity sjnce time im
memorial', from the dainty blossoms of the
chrysanthemum land, which have influenced
art itself, to the exquisitely colored fruit which
tempts the appetites of great and small alike.
The drooping fruit in clusters of white, red and black is a dainty;
and graceful decoration for the table.
A basket of cherries will nearly always bring forth a big "Oh'
of delight from the child. I ,
The little fruit in its various raw and cooked forms is one of the
most appetizing and popular.
There is one general rule to be remembered in eating it. It
should be ripe. If not, it is indigestible, and injurious to the stomach.
The cherry, like the muskmelDn and the nutmeg, seems to have
come from Asia to America by way of Italy and England.
The wild cherry of Europe and England, which is called in the
latter the "gean," is used in the creation of valuable food supplies
for German and French country people. Brandies, jellies and other
drinks or dishes are made from this cherry. Beverages, chiefly al
coholic, are distilled from all varieties.
Of the latter, Maraschino is made in and about Zara, the capital
of Dalmatia, where the pulp of the Marasca cherries, or Marazques,
is. mixed with honey and sugar, or honey is added when distilling
the liquor. The distillation is marked with the greatest care. '
Kirschwasser is the German fermented drink' made from cher
ries and "Cherry Bounce" the American.
The cherry tree itself has become a "family tree" to all patriotic
Americans who fondly recount to the little.folks the humorous nur
sery tale of George Washington and his little hatchet,
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