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Published December 19th 2015
Pick your own
For me, cherries are truly the fruit of Christmas - sweet, juicy, crimson balls of lusciousness. But, sadly, their season often only lasts as long as the Christmas festivities. So I figure that's an excuse to enjoy as many as possible while they are at their peak!
For a great school holiday activity, a good place to indulge in fresh, locally grown cherries is Fleurieu Cherries, just past Willunga Hill, on Pages Flat Road. They have acres of these beautiful baubles to choose from, with an assortment of varieties, from early to late, red to white and even the sour cherries much loved by those of European heritage.
You can purchase ready picked cherries from the farm shop, but for a fun family outing, why not pick your own? There's a small charge ($5 per person) but this is waived if you pick 5 kg or more - and that's easily done! Kids can pick for free, which is pretty generous when you consider that most of their pick goes straight from tree to tummy.
And the kids (and Mum and Dad) won't need much encouragement to try the very yummy Cherry Ice Cream, made with a mixture of creamy Golden North ice cream and freshly crushed cherries.
This versatile property is also the home of Fleurieu Hills Vineyards, so after you have chosen your cherries and enjoyed an ice cream, why not wander around the corner to the cellar door and sample a few wines and a very interesting cherry liqueur - what else?
Fleurieu Cherries are open until January (season dependant) but if you check the website www.fleurieucherries.com, it is updated daily to let you know which varieties are available, what their characteristics are and whether you can pick your own, or you can subscribe to their email list and receive these details in your inbox.