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Cherish Cherries

By Elizabeth Leader Smith, June 25, 2013  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Elizabeth Leader Smith

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.





Jessie Liu says ...
I love cherries! My husband and I will keep 2 pounds and freeze the rest to avoid eating them all at once! Hope we can win! Thank you!
06/25/2013 3:12:15 PM CDT
caralg520 says ...
I would make a gluten free cobbler. YUM!
06/25/2013 4:09:52 PM CDT
Alison says ...
I would just eat them as-is. That's my favorite way to eat cherries.
06/25/2013 4:17:38 PM CDT
adriana says ...
My husband just finished his last round of chemo and after so long of not being able to eat anything sweet because he felt to sick, he finally just wants his favorite thing it he world... P-I-E. I would love to bake him a (or a couple) of cherry pies. That's how I would use these cherries if given the chance. :)
06/25/2013 4:28:26 PM CDT
lydia says ...
My family would eat them fresh ,make a cobbler, and juice them!!!
06/25/2013 4:41:52 PM CDT
Jason E Ackert says ...
The better question is what WOULDN'T I do with them! I'll add them to my morning smoothies, my oatmeal, maybe make some vegan, gluten free cherry crisp and/ or cobbler, OH THE POSSIBILITIES!!!!!
06/25/2013 5:29:04 PM CDT
emily gordon says ...
eat them straight out of the bag!
06/25/2013 5:34:50 PM CDT
Phyllis Demby says ...
I love cherries, I would eat a whole bowl of cherries when I was a child, Now as an adult I juice a whole bowl of cherries. Now that Summer time is here after juicing I freeze the juice and make ice pops.
06/25/2013 5:42:10 PM CDT
Bonnie says ...
No baking, no freezing, no alteration to the sweetness of these beauties. We''d eat them directly from the bowl!
06/25/2013 5:45:00 PM CDT
Susan Crawford says ...
Cherry pie and cherry cobbler would be at the top of my list. Then I would freeze some to enjoy all year.
06/25/2013 5:54:10 PM CDT
Nicole says ...
I would make cherry-chevre spreads and make jam to pair with soft, runny cheeses! Then, maybe a pie. :)
06/25/2013 6:03:01 PM CDT
Danielle Correll says ...
Wow what we could do with 5 pounds of cherries!!!??!! What an amazing opportunity to win something so special! For several years my husband and myself have suffered from diseases that affect our muscles and our daily functioning. There were days that he would not move from bed and there were days that I could not as well. He suffers with peripheral neuropathy and myself with Fibromyalgia. The days are long and very tough when we do not consistently replenish ourselves with cherries. Whether it be Cherry Juice (Tart), or fresh picked cherries, or a recipe with a LOT of cherries, we must have them each day to keep that antioxidant moving through our bodies. Cherries are not simply just an antioxidant, they are also packed full of anti-inflammatory properties to help our bodies. It really is an amazing amazing fruit and gift from mother nature. My husband will drink a whole bottle of tart cherry juice throughout the day, every day, and he has gone from everyday pain and almost a debilitating state to functioning and almost zero pain. I have seen those benefits myself and it is really incredible how a little fruit can make such a HUGE difference. If we could have 5 pounds of fresh cherries.... I would imagine we would make some pretty major smoothies for a long time. Could make some frozen yogurt or gelato with it. Maybe some cherry pies (and I make really really good pies). Could make a cobbler with it. Even some savory meat dishes would be awesome with cherries! Our family would just jump for joy over cherries and I hope to win this awesome contest so we could have the opportunity to make some lovely dishes and fresh cherries are great frozen to use later as well. For the whole year we could have cherries. Love that!! Keeping my fingers crossed that we win this contest. Thank you for having such a contest! Best of Luck everyone!
06/25/2013 6:28:12 PM CDT
Wine Harlots says ...
Cherries? A perfect pairing for the favors of pinot noir.
06/25/2013 7:43:54 PM CDT
Judith Fenger says ...
I would take out the seed and dipped them in chocolate and eat them with my family.
06/25/2013 8:18:22 PM CDT
Kelly Zymanek says ...
Ahhhh cherries are my absolute favorite fruit!!! I would pit and freeze a pound of them, save 2 lbs to eat then i would use the rest to make my grandma's fresh cherry pie, and cherry peach oat bars!
06/25/2013 8:31:28 PM CDT
Moira Pearson says ...
My husband would smoothy them, and I would bake pies, crumbles, and put them in salads! Num num num :)
06/25/2013 8:32:54 PM CDT
Lannie says ...
I would make sour cherry jam in honor of my 11th wedding anniversary. It will remind us of a vacation we took years ago.
06/25/2013 8:34:27 PM CDT
Susan Crawford says ...
I would start with a cherry pie and a cherry cobbler. Then I would freeze some to enjoy all year.
06/25/2013 8:37:33 PM CDT
Jeremy O Karmel says ...
I look forward to this season when cherries are at their best.
06/25/2013 8:49:10 PM CDT
Ashlee says ...
I eat so many cherries in the summertime by fingers usually turn red!! I would probably bake them in a pie and freeze them to keep longer for eating cherries and yogurt!!
06/25/2013 8:52:50 PM CDT
Sheila K. says ...
I would make a slew of cherry tarts and share them with my neighbors, who are also my friends!
06/25/2013 9:03:22 PM CDT
Joe says ...
I will take my girlfriend on 5 picnics, and eat a pound of cherries per picnic... She loves cherries.
06/25/2013 9:16:00 PM CDT
Dorothy Cortese says ...
If I won 5 lbs of cherries, I would bake a cherries pie and share cherries with my neighbour.
06/25/2013 9:25:17 PM CDT
Ashley Robertson says ...
Besides just enjoying them on them on their own, my family and I would try our hand at gluten free cherry muffins...and cherry ice cream! Yummy!
06/25/2013 9:30:59 PM CDT
sam oberlin says ...
I would make a nice cherry pie for me and 10 of my friends. i would use a receipe i found on the food network that uses lard and butter for the crust. i love cherrys in the morning and at night.
06/25/2013 10:44:57 PM CDT