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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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Monika Brauer says …

Oh, I would share them with my mom and aunt and pitt the rest and freeze to snack on them!!!! LOVE CHERRIES!!!!!

Leila E says …

I would eat them, and probably make clafoutis, and pie.

Jade says …

My love and I are getting married this July, we would love to give cherries to all of our guests! It would be such a delicious and beautiful addition to our summer wedding :)

khanya says …

i would make stuffed cherries and cherry cheesecake :)

Tara says …

I would share them with my friends Annette and Lisa and our 3 boys. Annette, just recently figured out that she had spent well over $100 buying Cherries from you guys- because, in her words, "I just can't get enough..." That got Lisa and I interested, so then we went and purchased a bunch ourselves & found out why she could not get enough!

Alice says …

We would make a few fresh cherry cakes, dry some for oatmeal chocolate cherry cookies, marinate them for some fresh cherry ice cream, put some in salads and if I have any left, share them with our friends and family.

Paula says …

I would just sit down in front of the TV for a movie marathon and go to town!

Meyesa says …

I would get in my car with my family and drive to Bangor, ME and share them with my grandmother and cousins. Some of my best memories are sitting in my grandmothers kitchen sharing a giant bowl of cherries with my siblings and cousins!

Susan says …

Definately pies and give jam making a whirl, then share with friends and family.

Jessica C says …

I would make a bunch of cherry pies and hand them out to my loves!! Yummmmmmmmm, thanks!!!!!

Amy says …

I'd make cherry limeade!

Marta says …

I'd make cherry lemonade and serve them fresh off the stem with a side of whipped cream for all my family and friends to enjoy!

Christiane says …

Bake cherry pies, dry some, and freeze some for winter!

Aimee Wolf says …

I'd give half to my sister and niece as they are the preserve-makers in the family. And I'd make a luscious cheesecake for my daughter - her favorite dessert - with cherry topping, and maybe some breakfast pastries... And of course -- some to just eat fresh!

Rachel says …

I'd use most of them to make cherry preserves for my fiance (his favorite!) and eat the rest fresh. Yum!

Adrienne says …

If I won a whole CASE of cherries, I'd eat a bunch of them when they are fresh. Then I'd can the rest. I've tried a bunch of canning recipes that rock: cherries in wine, pickled 5 spice cherries, cherry butter, cherry jam...

Kadija Bridgewater says …

I would use them to try all kinds of cool recipes, like cherry ice cream and cherry pies. Oh and of course, give some to family and friends :)

Amy Mather says …

I would eat the entire case of cherries by myself. One after another. LOVE me some CHERRIES!!

Stacie Tamaki says …

I would give them to my hubby because he LOVES cherries!

Micaela says …

A whole case of fresh cherries...I would invite my neighbors over for a barbecue and for dessert I would serve this case of cherries.

Denise says …

I would give half to my local food bank, and make cherry ice cream, cherry preserves, and freeze the rest.

Tara says …

Inwould host a cherry put spitting contest...or maybe just eat them all. Maybe in a smoothie...

Sandy says …

Share at a community meeting! Build a meal around them with yogurt and flax seed topping. And wash and freeze so can enjoy the freshness in weeks ahead.

marcia says …

I would love to make cherry jam- it's a nice reminder of how great summer produce can be. I would also make cherry muffins and a pie. Yum, I can't wait. thanks marcia

Shyam Kananm says …

I would make a cherry cake with milk and honey.

Win says …

EAT THEM!!! And enjoy sharing with others. Thanks for the chance to indulge.

Tracey R. says …

I will sit down and eat them. I LOVE CHERRIES... my mom and I have been known to over indulge ourselves at least once a summer!

Joey says …

This won't seem very altruistic, but I'd love to use a case of cherries as my impetus for finally making my own batch of brandied cherries, for use in Manhattan cocktails.

karen says …

I would make cherry scones with my mom and give them to neighbors and friends. We would also make a cherry sauce for ice-cream when my niece visits for the summer.

Denise P. Shea says …

I would share with family, friends and "the girls".

Denise P. Shea says …

I would share with family, friends and "the girls".

roopa says …

I'd make several pies (of course!), a few jars of jam, and save a few fresh ones for myself, my husband, and most of all, my pup, who LOVES cherries!

Sarah Ryan says …

Having just moved here, I have not adjusted to this heat. I am pretty sure I would get a kitty pool fill it with water & my 10 lbs of cherries, sit & eat cherries all day long with my 2 year old. We would then have a very intense cherry spitting tournament with neighbors. At least this is my dream - I will post a photo of my pool of cherries if we win :)

Gayle says …

I would turn some of them into PIE - love cherry pie but most of them would be eaten right down to their little green stems - Yum!

Carrie c says …

probably eat them until i got sick.. and make clafoutis and cheery smoothies.

Byrd says …

Make a bunch of cherry pies to celebrate my birthday!

James McComas says …

Invite all our many family members out for a picnic and make a huge cherry cobbler for dessert. The rest I would pit and freeze.

Sallie Robert says …

Make preserves for Christmas presents, and have enough to make a pie.

Kate says …

I would can a bunch of them for the cool winter months. The rest would go in pies and smoothies!

Jim says …

First I'd eat a bunch then I'd make a pie and finally I'd give some away. If I had any left over I'd preserve them somehow.

Lisa G. says …

I would eat some, share some, bake some, dry some, can some and freeze some.

Karla says …

I would make cherry cobbler, cherry pie, dry some to use in the granola I make, eat some, freeze some, and invite friends over to help us eat everything I make!

Billie Jo McAfee says …

I would can them with brandy and give them at Christmas.

Barbara Kleinhans says …

I would save a few for myself, bake the rest in muffins and have them sent to the firefighters in BOulder or take them to the Red Cross for their valiant efforts.

Leah M says …

I would make some pies, make some jam, and share with my friends! I loooove cherries and hate that they're so expensive. This year, I decided to indulge and buy, despite the cost, and I'm not sorry. It's a good year for cherries (and cherry lovers).

Jennifer says …

Take pits out and dump them into pitchers of red wine!!! Then sit back and relax !!

Jennifer says …

Take pits out and dump them into pitchers of red wine!!! Then sit back and relax !!

Chris C says …

I would experiment with all kinds of recipes and post them online :D

Judi S. says …

I'm fortunate enough to be able to pay for my groceries, but there are many in NJ who aren't. I'd take the case to the Monmouth/Ocean Food Bank in Neptune to give needy neighbors the luxury of fresh fruit.

Martine Holland says …

I would pickle some, preserve some, bake with some, and eat the rest in their perfectly ripe form!

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