Stone fruits



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!




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