I have a confession to make. In the Philippines I have never tasted any freshly picked cherry. I only got to bite the one on top of a smoothie, black forest cake and oh well, the bottled cherries I used in the chilled mango cake.
It’s been more than 5 months since I came here, and still I never appreciated any of the fruits in the market. Probably it’s my loyalty to Philippine brands that’s keeping me. That’s why even I met more than 100 varieties of mangoes during last month’s festival, I still long for the manggang kalabaw back home.
But finally, I met my match. My first munch of Lebanese cherries hit me! It tasted like duhat (blackberry), it’s lightly sweet and perfect when quite chilled and a little sprinkling of iodized salt makes it yummier. I am now starting to enjoy the fruit scene in UAE.