Le temps des cerises
It's already cherry-picking time in the south of France. Friend and guest smart-phone photographer, Sylvia, just sent this snapshot of a crate of bigarreau burlat cherries she bought at a local cherry festival.
Louis XV (1710-1774) liked cherries so much that he ordered intensive culture of the cherry tree in France, a measure for which the entire nation is still grateful. Cherries are second only to strawberries in popularity contests here.
une cerise: a cherry
un cerisier: a cherry tree
un cageot: a crate
la cerise sur le gâteau: the cherry on the cake; the crowning touch, sometimes said ironically
mettre une cerise sur le gâteau: to finish a project or activity
une fête de la cerise: a cherry festival
avoir la cerise: to not have luck
Not to miss: Le Temps des Cerises, a popular song written in the late 19th century, interpreted in 1942 by the legendary Charles Trenet.
Mild humor & Sweet Cherry Liqueur, click here.