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A Simply Sweet Cherry Fest

I’ve got some juicy, plump, sweet news to share: it’s time for cherries, especially at Whole Foods Market®! Cherry Fest is our annual celebration of fresh cherries, one of the most anticipated fruits we sell. Whether creating something savory or sweet, or simply diving into a heaping bowl of chilled cherries, now is the time to celebrate this peak-season fruit and our stores are the place to find them. We source the best cherries – and plenty of them – so our stores have enough cherries for all of your cherry needs.

Now that you know where to find them, let’s talk about how to select the tastiest cherries. Here are a five steps to help you…well, you know, cherry-pick the best of the basket.

How to Pick a Sweet Cherry

Check the stems. Fresh cherries have green stems

Give them a feel. Cherries should be firm, no soft spots or bruising

Look for the good color. Depending on variety, ideally they should be deep, bright red to mahogany

Give them the once over. Fruit should be free of insect damage and pitting (little indentations caused by dehydration)

Give them a taste. Be sure the amount of sugar in the fruit is high

Oh, and size matters for cherries. Keep in mind the larger the cherry, the more fruit (less pit) you get. We want you to celebrate Cherry Fest in a big way too, so we’re giving away a case of cherries to five randomly selected winners! Yes, a whole case of cherries! (“How much is a case?” you ask. It’s a lot – about 10 pounds of cherries – enough to bake ‘em, preserve ‘em, dry ‘em, freeze ‘em and still have some for snacking on.) All we want to know is what you would do with a whole case of cherries. UPDATE: Thank you to everyone that entered. Congratulations to our winners, Patti, Becky and Vanessa.

Tell us in the comments below by July 11 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 11, 2012, 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.

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Tom says …

Make 10 gallons of cherry wheat beer!

Rhonda says …

My teenage/adult kids are willing to wrestle on the floor over these, so I don't think there will be any problem getting rid of them. A whole case - WOW! Everyone can have their fill and still make some fresh jam or baked goods. Great giveaway!

Sally Lewis says …

I would give some to my parents and neighbors and dip the rest in melted chocolate, which this time of year shouldn't be too hard to melt.

Janet says …

I would share them with my friends and family. Thank you. I hope I win!

Brandy R says …

Oh my gosh! The possibilities!! I would force myself to try a pie for the first time but I think we would eat eat eat!! And then freeze freeze freeze! :)YUM!

Tom Keener says …

Please enter me in contest.

Rachel says …

What *wouldn't* I do with a case of cherries? I could give you a list of the amazing things I'd want to make, but I know the reality is that I would eat them straight out of the crate until my stomach hurt, and it would be worth it.

The Errant Cook says …

Holy cow...what *wouldn't* I do with ten pounds of cherries? Eat a few, dry a few (for oatmeal dark chocolate chip cookies, naturally), can a bunch of them as preserves and pie filling...drooling!

Jennifer says …

We {heart} cherries! It would be so awesome to win a case from Whole Foods! First, I would share some and then eat, bake, freeze and preserve them!

Mercedes Millberry says …

I would eat them and let the juice flow down my chin. Then, I would have a big party and invite my friends and we would eat vodka soaked frozen cherries. I would also donate some to my local food bank for the families in need.

Michelle Denault says …

I love to eat cherries fresh and I would share them with my whole family. Yummy!

stephen says …

I just saw a recipe for cherry chipotle preserves, so I'd try it out by making enough to share with some friends & family

Beatrice says …

I'd go buy a cherry pitter and make one of my all time favorite summer recipes: cherry cornmeal upside-down cake!

Bethany says …

I would stuff my face with cherries! Love them!

Aubree says …

My toddlers and I would eat them right out of the crate! Then, if for some reason we had any left over... we would make dark chocolate, fresh cherry and oatmeal cookies, cherry muffins, cherry smoothies etc. and share with all our friends and family!

brenda says …

Cherry pie !! The perfect use for cherries !

Yvonne Mitchell says …

I would take them into my office because the last time I bought 2 lbs of cherries for myself I made the mistake of leaving them in the office kitchen and before the end of the day they were all gone and I only got to eat a few of them and I love them and they are so good for you.

Hilary says …

Oh my, cherries are my favorite fruit! They embody summer in one sweet bite. I'd bake them into custardy clafoutis...make a chunky, sweet sauce to serve over goat cheese... and perhaps a not-so-sweet sauce too, to serve over pork. I'd make cherry and cheese crepes...cherry jam... and best of all, my family would eat lots and lots out-of-hand!!

Sarah R says …

With 10 pounds, I'd make pies for my coworkers, and a cherry witbier for me.

Liz says …

dark chocolate bark with fresh cherries..... yum!

Michelle Rosborough says …

I would bake a cake and give the rest away.

Sean says …

I would bake a lot of cherry pies and share them with my family and neighbors. I'd snack on whatever cherries are left!

Michelle L. says …

I would make cherry pie, cobblers and fresh fruit salads. I would donate at least half to a food pantry. You just have to spread the love of cherries!! My son is 15 months old and calls them "balls." He LOVES cherries!!

susan smoaks says …

i would make cherry pie and cherry cobbler

Aleta says …

We would have friends over for a "cherry party" and eat them all fresh right off the stems!

Karen says …

We would eat cherries, eat cherries, eat cherries, and eat some more cherries! My family loves cherries and it is a plus that they are so good and so good for you. Of course we could not possibly eat them all, so I would also share with family and friends!

Jess says …

I would eat them and feed them to my fiance who has gout. Cherries are one of the few things that help with his flare ups.

Kate says …

I'd bake cherry crisp, put them in salads, throw them in my yogurt/cottage cheese, use them as ice cream topping, make a few cherry lemon aid's to enjoy in the sun, share with my...well... MAYBE share with my neighbors :) I'd also think about trying my hand at some homemade vegan cherry ice cream! (I'll share!)

Tommaso says …

Cherries in big bowl of ice water, cerasophilic friends around a picnic table, on a warm weekend afternoon...heaven!

Steve Mey says …

We would eat most of them - cherries are fabulous! I'd make a cherry/raspberry cobbler - that would be great! I'm thinking about getting some now and making the cobbler (with appropriate cherry snacking during the process.)

sunny says …

Take them on vacation and share woth the family!

Nicole says …

My grandparents actually used to live on a cherry orchard for a bit and I remember climbing up into the tree and eating all the cherries the pickers left behind. So as far as I'm concerned, no need to mess with greatness. I'd eat them as is, straight out of the box (after washing of course!) To me, cherries are the taste of summer. YUM

Laura says …

I would make cherry apple pie for my husband. Also preserves that I can share with friends and family. Cherry lemonade! Cherry sugar lip scrub :-)

Samantha says …

I would eat them ALL. I am SO addicted to cherries!!!!

Jana says …

My husband and boys LOVE cherries! I would bake them pies, make cherry preserves and send some with them to work/school! Maybe I would sneak a few for myself too :-)

Tammy says …

I can honestly eat cherries by the cup. I would share some, but probably freeze the rest to enjoy when they are out of the season.

Matthew Spewak says …

I would make smoothies with them and give them out after my town's free outdoor yoga class in the square.

Jeremy says …

I would eat some fresh, and use the rest to bake pies and experiment for the first time with homemade jam!

Kassia says …

I'd take them and some ice cream to Colorado Springs (not sure if Ft. Collins is accessible by bus) and give it to the victims and firefighters in the fire.

Carla says …

I would make a whole bunch of stuff and invite over everyone in the neighborhood. Cherry clafoutis is my favorite always but maybe a cherry & green tea granita recipe I've been dying to make, some cherry ice cream, cherry lemonade....

Patricia says …

I would be thrilled to win a case of cherries and would make great use of them ! I would get together with my cooking group friends and cook a cherry themed meal in which every dish (from appetizer to dessert ...) must contain cherries ! Yummmm ! We have done this before....with chocolate and lemons ! Thanks in advance for making this opportunity possible !!

LH says …

I would make cherry wine.

Nicole says …

My grandparents actually used to live on a cherry orchard for a bit and I remember climbing up into the tree and eating all the cherries the pickers left behind. So as far as I'm concerned, no need to mess with greatness. I'd eat them as is, straight out of the box (after washing of course!) To me, cherries are the taste of summer. YUM!

Melissa says …

I think that I would share some with friends, and then sit and eat the rest - a whole case of cherrie?!?!? Yummmy!

Shagah Zakerion says …

I would give half to the food bank and turn the rest into cobbler and pies for the 4th of July!

maryann taylor says …

I love, love, love cherries. Just got some Saturday at Whole Foods! I would just eat them and spit the pit out.

Linda Ranieri says …

Share with all my elderly neighbors. Many are shut ins.

Molly says …

Try new recipes, while sharing with friends and family! Thanks :0)

Meg says …

We just found out we are having a baby! I have been buying tons of fresh fruit and I add it to my water to give it a little taste. I would use those cherries to make cherry water and share it with everyone for a refreshing summer drink!

Kat says …

Clafoutis and smoothies!

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