For Pies, Salads & Snacks: Sweet Cherries

For Pies, Salads & Snacks: Sweet Cherries

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Emma Christensen
May 23, 2012
Bet you can't eat just one! Plunk a bowl of cherries down on the coffee table and they'll be gone by dinner time, guaranteed. Cherries are still a super-seasonal fruit that you can really only find in that small window between late-spring and high-summer. What are you making with cherries this year? 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 CherriesAlmond Buttermilk Cake with CherriesRoasted Cherry Dutch Baby with Brown Sugar-Cinnamon SauceBrown Rice Salad with Apples, Walnuts, and CherriesWhole Wheat Couscous with Cherries and ArugulaBoozy Cherries: 2 1/2 Ways
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Have a good cherry recipe to share? Related: In Season Right Now: Sour Cherries (Image: Shebeko/Shutterstock)
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