I’m going jubilee over cherries. Sweet, juicy, heavenly cherries! Although I love a variety of fruit, I’ll take a cherry over other stone fruit or a berry any chance I get. Here are two good reasons why: Raw Cherry Crisp with Chia and Dates and Cherry Frozen Yogurt – both are must-haves for a successful summer.
Cherries have a very short growing season. They’re at their peak right now, so get on board and hoard what you can, and don’t stop there. Remember, you can never buy too many cherries. Simply wash, dry, remove the pit (here’s a great video on Four Ways to Pit a Cherry), and freeze in single layers on a baking sheet. Transfer to a plastic bag and store in the freezer.
Pitted cherries make a wonderful addition to baked goods, salsas, salads and grain dishes. If fresh cherries are not available, frozen will do, and for many recipes, dried cherries can be substituted.
If you cherish cherries, you’ll appreciate these tips and recipes.
- Add to fruit salads and fruit smoothies like this Cherry Almond Smoothie.
- Make cherry salsa for grilled fish, chicken, pork, tofu or tempeh. Try these Grilled Lamb Chops with Cherry Salsa.
- Top favorite frozen dessert with cherries.
- Stew fresh or dried cherries with other dried or fresh fruits. Serve alone or over frozen dessert or plain cake. This Fresh Cherry Compote with Orange-Scented Mascarpone can be served cold, making it an ideal dessert for an outdoor summer meal.
- Add to your popularity by making an old-fashioned cherry cobbler, a Cherry Blueberry Crumble- Top Pie, a Cherry Crostada, or an Apple Cherry Crisp.
- Mash fresh or frozen pitted cherries and use as you would jam on toast, muffins, scones, waffles, pancakes and biscuits.
- Chill out with these Lambrusco Coolers!
- Add cherries to green salads or salad dressing, or make this Cherry Arugula Salad with Almonds and Tarragon, or Mixed Lettuces with Spiced Cherry Vinaigrette.
- Add fresh or dried cherries to sautéed veggies, whole grains or whole grain salads. Try our deliciously healthy Cherry and Wild Rice Salad with Spinach and Walnuts or our Wilted Kale with Cherries.
- Pork Chops with Cherry Mustard Sauce can be made with either fresh or dried cherries.
- And few more recipes to try:
Be sure to purchase plump, firm cherries with green stems. They’ll range in color depending on variety, but red cherries can be purple, reddish purple or bright red. Rainier cherries are a delicious yellow variety with red streaks.
Got a favorite way you cherish cherries? Let me know.