The Cornelian Cherries are sharp and astringent little fruits, which have long been revered as health giving. While superficially these fruits look like cherries, they are actually an edible-fruit-bearing tree in the Dogwood family. Oddly, these berries drop before they are soft so we gently pick the loose ones from the tree to be softened (or bletted) later. They can be used when firm for making drinks, jellies and jams. To soften the berries, they should be spread out in a warm place or kept in a paper bag and checked on periodically. The pulp becomes better for making puree yet they retain their sharp flavor.