Posted by Teach on January 19, 2000
In Reply to: Cherry Picking posted by Frankie on January 19, 2000
: Why does "Cherry Picking" mean "Taking the pick of the Litter".
Hey, did I just explain a phrase with a another phrase. Anyway,
can it be that the cherry is the best part of whatever it's in.(ie:
icecream.) Therefore, when someone cherry picks something---they're
taking the best part leaving behind the less desired.
: I wonder when a farmer "really" cherry picks (off the tree) he cherry picks the best ones for market.
In certain varieties of cherry tree the fruits ripens at different time - rather like strawberries - and it's necessary to choose between the ripe red fruit which are ready to eat and the green/'not yet red enough' fruit which definitely are not. Hence the term "cherry picking" means to choose the best from those on offer/available. I don't know where, when or by whom the expression was first used.