Once upon a time, back in the Victorian era, citrus fruits were rare and expensive, a delicacy to be enjoyed only on special occasions. Earlier still, for sailors suffering from scurvy on long voyages, limes or lemons literally could make the difference between life and death. Today, we take oranges, mandarins, grapefruits, lemons, and limes for granted, drinking their juice or eating their flesh without batting an eye.
It is high summer in the Pacific Northwest and all I want to eat is fruit. I spend my lunch hour walks picking neglected fruit from neighborhood trees. My bike ride home passes two farmers markets and this time of year I always stop and buy some cherries (consequently, the gutters lining my route home are littered with cherry pits as I ride, munch, and spit). The other day, I managed to get a 12-pound watermelon home in my bike basket without toppling over.
Summer is here, and with it the most delicious of all fruit: fresh berries. Be they strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries, berries evolved to be literally irresistible in order to spread their seeds. Taste alone is reason to indulge, but with berries you get to have your cake and eat it too—berries are packed with nutrients, and few foods can compare to their benefits to human health.
Did you get your first wake-up call about the “whom” conundrum from For Whom the Bell Tolls via Hemingway or Metallica? A high percentage of English speakers waver over the who/whom thing. It ranks first on most grammar mistakes lists, before which/that and lie/lay. The FruitGuys grammarians might suggest putting your pronoun problems to rest and just answering the bell. For whom does the bell toll? It tolls for thee!