I found out about a year ago that I am allergic to stone fruits. I brought a sandwich bag of cherries to work and by the last cherry I could barely see and was itchy from my throat all the way to the back of ears. After some internet research, I found that being allergic to stone fruits is a common allergy to develop later in life. Peaches often made me feel equally itchy, but I believed it was because of the fuzzy skin which is more likely to retain pesticide residual, even after a thorough washing. No, it’s because it’s a stone fruit as well. Every one of my favorite fruits is a stone fruit, and I can enjoy them no longer.
I came home the other day to a beautiful bowl piled high with Rainier cherries. B seemed so please, knowing I love fresh fruit, but alas, I had either never told him about this newfound aversion, or I told him when he was preoccupied and he never retained it. I thought, what the hell, I’ll give it another shot, maybe it was something else entirely. Sure enough, one cherry in and I had a bitter taste in my throat for hours and an itch in my face and throat through the night. Sad, sad day.
Enjoy your cherries as long as you can!