travels: cherry picking at blue hills berries and cherries

Guess what?! I’m still not done writing about our Melbourne trip back in December. Talk about efficiency! Hah.

One of the activity that my brother had planned for us while we were there was cherry picking. After breakfast, we took a drive towards Mount Dandenongs where the fruit farm is located.

It being a weekday, we were surprised to see a snaking queue forming at the entrance but luckily, the queue moved rather quickly. We took a short bus ride to the thick of the action and after being briefed, we were left on our own. We couldn’t contain our excitement when we saw the abundance of cherries hanging on the trees. There were row after row of them, easily hundred over trees. We were like a kid in the candy store – picking cherries from the tree and popping them into our mouths. It went on and on and on. And boy did we eat up! Cherries are expensive, you know? 😛

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAthe cherries at the local supermarket here in Singapore are really tiny as compared to these. And they cost a bomb for a small punnet!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAShe gave me a scare when she swallowed the cherry pit. I swear I was running through the choking manoeuvre in my head!! Thank God, it was not needed. Phew!!

Besides cherries, there were raspberries, blackberries, boysenberries and blueberries (which you have to pay extra). Do you know blackberries and boysenberries taste and look almost the same? I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference! All I know is, they were sweet and juicy.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAElisa had the best time chomping on the berries

IMG_9381At the end of the day, we lugged back around 2.5 kilos worth of cherries and berries. If I remember correctly, what we paid over at the farm was slightly more expensive than at the supermarket. It is probably not the most economical way but it sure is the freshest! And this makes a great family activity!



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