Tuesday, May 05, 2009

A cherry is a cherry...

The little round buds behind the spent blossoms in this photo are tart pie cherries. Now, they are currently developing, and don't look much like pie cherries, but it would be silly to call them anything else.

That's not to say that potential isn't involved. These are, in many ways, the promise of pie cherries. They are the potential of pie cherries because they are developing fruit on a pie cherry tree that is not yet useful to me. And many things might happen to keep these pie cherries from being made into a delicious cherry pie. We can still get hard freezes here at 6500 feet in elevation, and I will have to fight the birds for every cherry that ripens.

But just because they are not useful to me currently, and not what they might become one day, does not make them anything other than cherries. Wouldn't it be foolish to call them anything else?

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