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To scallop has two different meanings in cooking.

One possible meaning could be to give something an edge consisting of a series of semi-circles. This is how the term is used in furniture making and dress-making. Sometimes, though not often, pie crust edges are said to be scalloped when this effect has been done to them. The edges of watermelon or melons when cut in half in such as way as to leave an edge with this effect are also said to be scalloped. The idea is that the edge looks like a series of scallop shells, though in looking at your great-Auntie's effort with her peach pie there's no reason it couldn't be said to be a clam shell, or something only a palaeontologist could identify.

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Cherries are a member of the rose family, along with peaches, plums, apricots, and almonds.

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