My first visit to Istanbul was in cherry season. Wowee! Also in their prime at that time, a green plum with a slightly tart bite to it, called erik. I bought lots of each during my ten days in the City of the World’s Desire. Here they are on abundant display in the big outdoor market in Kadıköy on the Asian side of this magical city, the only city in the world split between two continents. Oh, what we Americans could learn from this country of eaters who demand good quality fruit sold at a time of perfect ripeness. Not for them pre-ripened fruit picked and shipped for the wholesaler’s (not the consumer’s) convenience, sadly sacrificing taste for appearance.