Symphony in Stone Fruit
Last week the Menlo Park Farmers Market was again a riot of colors. Not just the flowers were blazing in glory, but the variegated colors of the various kinds of stone fruit were a delight to the eye.
But hark! Do I hear music coming from this orchestra? A symphony not just for the ears – but also for the eyes and the taste-buds.
At the top we have a yellow quintet consisting of a single large plumcot leading four apricots. These take the part of oboe and flutes.
Next we have some strings – a few violins (red plums) and violas (purple plums) led by a cello in the form of a large green pluot.
On either side of this cello, we have three bassoons on the form of mottled red-green-and-yellow pluots.
All of the above rest on the shoulders of the brass section – a euphonium in the middle played by a smooth-skinned nectarine, ably accompanied by four fuzzy-skinned peach trombones.
Eyes, Ears, and Taste-buds – all three senses come into play when you hold a tasting session with different kinds of closely related fruit.
Oh – you’ve never done that? You really should try it some time
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