Cherry: two stars for what is usually a five star fruit.

When my eldest nephew had his first day at big school, I gave him some sage advice:

“Sometimes, in life, you will be tempted by pre-packaged, out of season fruit from your local greengrocer. The fruit will look beautiful and red and ripe, and it will shine wonderfully in the light. But you must not succumb. Do not gaze at fruit when it is red, when it sparkles in the plastic, when the price goes down sharply!”

No, my friends, in these circumstances you must wait for the season to be right. There is no short cut on the road to ripe and succulent fruit.