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Cherish Cherries

Cherry FestPitters and seed spitters, rejoice! It’s cherry season. These ruby jewels are at their peak of deliciousness, and Whole Foods Market® is celebrating with our 4th annual Cherry Fest. UPDATE: Thank you to everyone that entered! Congratulations to our randomly chosen winners: Robin, Brooke, Megan, Erica and Jill!

We’re giving away five pounds of hand-picked cherries each to five randomly selected winners who share what they would do with that many cherries. Here’s some delicious inspiration:

  1. Bake em’. There is nothing like a pie with peak-of-the-season cherries. Nothing. Well…cherry scones, cake or bread is a close second.
  2. Freeze em’. Smoothies, ice pops, ice cream, oh my!
  3. Preserve em’. Two words: Homemade. Jam.
  4. Dry em’. Then try them in granola and grain salads.

Although no one would blame you if you simply enjoyed heaping bowls of chilled cherries with friends and family. Sometimes simple is best.

Do you cherish cherry season? What would you do with five pounds of plump juicy cherries?

Tell us in the comments below by Wednesday, July 10 and you could win! 

The fine print: These are red Washington cherries and will be shipped directly to you from our farmer partners. Depending on availability and quality, they may be organic or conventional. No purchase necessary. Promotion ends July 10, 2013, 11:59 PM CDT. Must be a legal resident of the US or Canada (except in Quebec, where it is void) age 18 or older to participate. Taxes on prize, if applicable, are the responsibility of the winner. Employees of Whole Foods Market, Inc., are not eligible. Void where prohibited.

 

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Su says …

I would make Jam with some cherries and I think we will eat most of them natural way as there is nothing more heavenly than natural fruit.

Mary says …

Sweet Cherry Bomb.

Gail Hradek says …

Cherries are one of my favorite fruits! I would eat them as is and put them in muffins and breads!!

linda says …

What I would do with the cherries would be to put them in a glass of sangria that would be after my husband and grandson took a bowl full of them. That would be the last of 5 lbs.if by chance there are any left I love to make cherry galette. Whole Foods really has the best cherries I have ever tasted..So I would love to have 5lbs of cherries to do that.....

Linda wright says …

I would sink my teeth into them and let the juice drain into my mouth. . Yummy. After chewing them I would swallow their wholesome goodness Yay for the nutrition of eating whiole foods!!!!

Vey Laplace says …

I would eat two pounds fresh, feel stuffed, and eat the rest accidentally while I started to make a cobbler.

Rob DiBenedetti says …

Make a few cherry pies, make breakfast shakes, nibble on them to keep the inflammation suppressed in my foot...

linda says …

I would put some cherries in a pitcher of sangria, use some for a cherry gelette, and the rest would be eaten by my 20 month old grandson and husband for sure. Whole Foods has the best cherries around that's for sure....

Lora Harney says …

I would sit on the beach with a good book and eat cherries. I will share them with my family and friends. What a great 4th of July that would be.

Linda F says …

Eat some and make Cherry Cobbler

Stephanie says …

I would have all my friends from school and my family over this summer for a Day of Cherry! I could make cherry smoothies and drinks .. and best of all!!!! CHERRY SORBET!!!!!!!! It's going to be awesome!!!!!! (Adriana you and your husband should totally come to the party and have Pie!)

Kristen Stow says …

Would love 5lbs of cherry goodness!

mark hancock says …

I grew up with cherries but never ate them until recently. They are so good! Missed out all those years!

Paula artmann says …

I would make smoothies with delicious cherries!!! I would also just eat them plain!! Love cherries!

L.Y Chung says …

I would make cherry chia pudding!

Susan Z. says …

I would cook the cherries with sugar to create a syrup to pour over ice cream, to use for snow cones, drizzle over angel food cake and use to flavor ice tea!!!!

Carly Laginess says …

I would eat them fresh out of the container of course! Then I would make my homemade cherry pie and maybe make the rest into fresh jam!

Audra Hughes says …

I would share them with my family and cube mates! Everybody is happier with cherries!

Alison Matalanis says …

I'd try my hand at a cherry cobbler!

Heather o says …

I'd eat them:)

Ana T. says …

With that many cherries, I'd have plenty of deliciousness in my salads and make some wholesome jam for my morning toast :)

Lauren says …

Nothing I love more than fresh cherries in a pie, so I'd bake them right up!

Raquel A. Jackson says …

If I had 5 lbs. of cherries I would definitely try juicing some of them. I know it would be time consuming to take the pits out but the juice would be the reward. I would also bake some of the cherries to make a Vanilla Cherry Sour Cream Pound Cake. Lastly, I would just eat them and enjoy!

Monica says …

Delicious cherry empanadas, a favorite of my five kiddos! Who am I kidding? And of mine!

CJ says …

Yes I Love Cherries !!! I would share with my neighbors of course :P

Theresia Greer says …

Eat and share

Colleen Runyon says …

I would enjoy all of them one by one, preferably outside on a warm Summer day watching the kids play.

Lesley. Birch says …

Yum!

anna says …

Home cherry yogurt, and tarts, and muffins, oh my!

Priscilla Roby says …

I wash them, remove the stems and freeze them just as they are with the pits intact. You just take them from the freezer and enjoy cold sweet bites. Wonderful in the middle of winter. You can eat them if they thaw but they are soggy more like canned cherries.

Jason Kitchen says …

I would juice some of the cherries Make sorbet and dry some for salad

Shirly says …

All of the above and sit pool side and eat them.

amber king says …

I'd soak those cherries in some vodka to use as garnish for some delish summer cocktails!

Cathy Tougher says …

First I would eat some then make a cherry pie...YUM and freeze some for smoothies!!!

Kristine says …

We love to make cherry jam for scones and cherry sauce for ice cream! We also love to pop them into our mouths!!

nellie says …

I would freeze half for smoothies and snack on the rest with my daughter who LOVES cherries!

Anne says …

I would use 3 1/2 pounds to make my favorite cherry jam, and I'd put the rest in a pie! My family loves cherries, and cherry pie has always been my favorite!

Mei-Lien Converse says …

I would definitely eat many of them plain because they are so good!! I also would have to bring them to share with friends. Eating great food is always good but sharing amazing food with friends is always better!

Alecia White says …

LOVE cherries!

Belin Allen says …

In my protein drinks love fresh fruit it makes them taste amazing! That would be for myself. My kids it would be Cherry pie and maybe a cherry shortcake. Cant forget right out of the bag. Well thats if i dont get a stomach ache! Can be addicting and cant stop!

Paola Murcia says …

I would share them with my nearby neighbors!!! as I share my extra home grown veggies Neighbor to neighbor sharing is lost and we surely need some of that back!

Jacqueline Gilliam says …

I LOVE cherries. My boyfriend and I eat them to help with arthritis. If we won, we would eat them everyday with our breakfast & lunch and freeze some for smoothies!!

Louise says …

Yum, fresh cherries! I would eat them as is, and save some for making into ice pops.

Madeline Dobbs says …

I would make cherry vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt! My all time favorite!!

Lizz says …

Love cherries every which way! Fresh off the stem, baked in a pie or a galette!

Alicia Boyde says …

I would make a fresh cherry pie, smoothies and eat them plain! :D

Paige says …

Eat them all! Love, love love Cherries! :)

Gwendolyn Jenkins says …

I would eat as many as I could, then freeze some for later and use the rest for jam, pickles and preserves, and maybe some creative summer drinks!

Amanda I. says …

If I can help myself and not eat them all raw, I'll make a almond cherry amaretto galette! My mouth is watering thinking about it! And maybe some dark chocolate covered cherries! Yes!!

Laura Kent says …

Loooooove cherries!!! I would have to freeze some for those winter treats and enjoy the rest with my two toddlers!!

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