Corte Ingles is a big department store throughout Spain. They sell practically everything under the sun from hip clothing and make-up, books to cooking gadgets and children’s toys and are usually at least 5 floors, often more. They also have their own grocery store,located underground where you can find hard-to-find ingredients, exotic spices, prized Olive oil and all the varying degrees of delicious Jamón. Though I don’t usually grocery shop here because it’s more expensive than the competing grocery stores, I occasionally popped in to pick up some treats that I can’t get elsewhere.
I always chuckle to myself when I see produce clerks dressed in their white and green uniform who have the honorable duty of selecting your fruit and vegetables, weighing them and handing them over to you, all at a gourmet price.
The produce section has everything; seasonal and alway’s what’s not in season and I always find it annoying that all their produce comes pre-packaged in styrofoam and plastic wrap. You only want 1 cucumber? Sorry, we only offer a package of 6. Needless to say, I didn’t buy much of my produce on the occasional times I purchased from the store.
But on this day, I was in shock.
Cherry season. Grown in Spain. But with a very hefty Gourmet price tag!
I couldn’t believe it. It was May. Typically cherry season in California that last for 4-8 weeks depending on the year and Mother Nature.
Who bought these cherries? I wondered.