The Nature of Phenology 8/31/19: Chokecherries

Producers: Hazel Stark & Joe Horn
Host: Hazel Stark

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Some trees bore cherries as dark as ebony, others were scarlet red and caught the sun like so many plump rubies. I walked over to a tree whose fruit were a dark rich red reminiscent of Washington state’s bing cherries. I plucked two cherries from a cluster and popped them into my mouth to savor their wild sweetness. But as soon as my teeth crushed the thin pulp of these cherries, the juice squished across my tongue and my mouth was instantly flooded with unfettered tartness, bitterness, and puckering astringency as though my mouth was stuffed with cotton. I spat out the pulpy pits from my mouth along with as much juice as I could.