Mostly-Wordless Not-Wednesday: More Cherries!



cherries and cat

Not Far From the Treesummary: curious cat; Swiss chard from the garden; firm sweet red cherries (possibly Cavalier, Hedelfingen, Sweetheart, Staccato, Van, Vista or ??) picked for Not Far From the Tree on 5 July 2015 in a backyard of Toronto: in 2 hours, 5 of us picked about 50 lbs in all, in spite of the fact that many of the cherries had cracked in the rain last week. (1/3 of the fruit went to the tree owner, 1/3 was shared by the pickers, and 1/3 was delivered by bicycle to be donated to a food bank, shelter, or community kitchen in the neighbourhood).

cherries and Swiss chard

Cherry is the common name for certain members of genus Prunus of the rose family, which produce small, fleshy, single-stoned fruits. It is now generally accepted that the two species of cherries in world trade are P. avium (sweet cherry) and P. cerasus (sour cherry). […] [Sweet cherry] fruit is susceptible to rain-induced cracking […] The main sweet cherry cultivars are Lapin, Sweetheart, Staccato, Van and Hedelfingen […] Cherry fruit is flavourful and rich in minerals, organic acids, riboflavin, niacin and antioxidants.
The Canadian Encyclopedia | Cherry
Swiss chard (B. vulgaris var. cicla) is a foliage beet: it develops no edible root but is grown for its large, fleshy leafstalks and very broad leaves. It is one of the best summer potherbs because it is very heat tolerant. […]
If harvested frequently, a spring planting is productive until fall frosts; therefore, Swiss chard is a good substitute for spinach. It is a good source of vitamin A. Leafstalks and midribs can be cut and eaten like asparagus; leaves can be frozen or canned like spinach.
The Canadian Encyclopedia | Beet




Not Far From the Tree Not Far From the Tree
“Not Far From the Tree” is a Toronto organization that includes a residential fruit-picking program to pick fruit (with permission, of course) that would otherwise go to waste.
There are zillions of fruit trees in Toronto!! Bearing fruit that is eaten by birds, squirrels and raccoons. If you have such a tree and would like the animals to share the fruit with people, please do contact “Not Far From the Tree”. They will send a team of pickers to clean up your yard of fallen fruit and pick the good fruit that is still in the tree. The harvested fruit is divided evenly into 3 portions: one third going to the tree owners, one third going to the volunteer pickers and the final third going to food banks, shelters, and community kitchens.
For more information about NFFtT and how you can donate your time and/or share your fruit, please go to


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