My Lapin cherries from ChefShop.com arrived just a little while ago. I took off early from work today so that they wouldn’t get overheated outside my door.
My cherries have arrived
I was not familiar with Lapin cherries, but selected them over the other varieties offered for two reasons: 1) the estimated shipment date didn’t conflict with my trip to NYC; and 2) the description at ChefShop claims that the Lapin cherry is Greg Batch’s (the grower) favorite of all the cherries.
While I believe the prices at ChefShop are generally very reasonable, shipping five pounds of cherries across the country by 2-day air on the day they are picked isn’t cheap. This was a big indulgence for me and the price per pound is not a number I want to think about. That said, I will now let the guilt go and enjoy my cherries!
When I opened the box, I was stunned by how beautiful they were. Unless they buried some ugly ones on the bottom, it appears that each cherry is perfect – deep red, unblemished, with a pert little stem. They are also huge! I allowed myself just one cherry before putting them away to chill, and it was wonderful. It was perfectly ripe – still a little crisp, but not overly firm – and very sweet.
Lapin, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship