Sweet cherries come in two main varieties: dark Bing cherries and rosy-gold Rainier cherries. Bings have a lusty sweet cherry flavor, perfect for jams, pies, and swirling into ice cream. Rainiers are equally sweet, but with a more honey-like floral quality underscored by the creamy texture of the fruit itself. Try Rainiers in salads, with a scoop of tart yogurt, or in a dessert parfait.
Part of the reason the cherry season is so brief is because they are highly perishable. No cold-storage for these fruits! Store those cherries you won't be eating right away in the fridge and plan on eating them within a few days. Happily, cherries do freeze beautifully. If you find yourself with a bounty, pit them first and then freeze them for up to six months.
Take a look at these recipes for some cherry-licious inspiration:
• Quick Coconut Ice Cream with Roasted Cherries
• Almond Buttermilk Cake with Cherries
• Roasted Cherry Dutch Baby with Brown Sugar-Cinnamon Sauce
• Brown Rice Salad with Apples, Walnuts, and Cherries
• Whole Wheat Couscous with Cherries and Arugula
• Boozy Cherries: 2 1/2 Ways
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• Smart Designs: The Best Cherry Pitter Ever
• No Cherry Pitter? Use a Pastry Tip (or Use a Chopstick!)
• Washington Cherries: From Orchard to Pie
• C.J. Olson Cherries: An Iconic Silicon Valley Fruit Stand
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