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10 Ways to Make the Most of Cherries

Take a Sweet Ride

In Japanese art, cherry blossoms symbolize the fleetingness of life. That’s because cherry season is short and sweet — very sweet. This year, I’m determined to seize the day. I’ve devised a foolproof two-part plan to enjoy cherry season to the fullest.

Step One: Eat as Many Fresh Cherries as Possible
I love to eat cherries by the bowlful. They’re perfect for a quick snack or an easy dessert. I also toss pitted cherries into cereal, salads, smoothies and anything else that might be enhanced by their sweet flavor and firm, juicy flesh. Here are a few ideas to inspire your own explorations:

Grilled Salmon with Cherry Couscous

Cherry Breakfast Quinoa

Cherry Almond Smoothie

Cherry-Arugula Salad with Almonds and Tarragon

Raw Cherry Crisp with Chia and Dates

Whole Wheat Cherry Pancakes


Step Two: Save Some for Later
Once I’ve eaten my fill of fresh cherries…wait, let’s be realistic, I can never get enough fresh cherries. How about this: While I’m enjoying fresh cherries, I’ll be inspired to tuck some away for later. These recipes are great ways to make the joy of cherry season last just a little bit longer. (Storage times vary, from one week to one year. Read individual recipes for details.)

Cocktail Cherries

Cherry Syrup

Spiced Quick-Pickled Cherries

Cherry Skillet Jam

If you’d like to save some cherries for smoothies, cereals and salads, check out our tips for freezing and drying cherries. Finally, if you’re making these or other recipes that call for pounds of pitted cherries, check out our tips for pits.

Do you have a favorite recipe that uses peak-season cherries? Tell us about it.