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All About Cherries

Like strawberries, cherries are another of my favorite spring/early summer fruits. Since today is National Cherry Cobbler day, I thought I would take the time to let you know all about cherries. Cherries grow on trees and are a member of the stone fruit family - along with plums and peaches. When purchasing cherries avoid those with blemishes, mushy/light skin, or those that are shriveled. Cherries do not ripen after they have been picked, so choose those that appear plump, firm, smooth, dark/brightly colored with their stems pliable and attached (dry stems = old cherries). As they bruise easily, handle with care and thoroughly rinse and wash before consuming. Refrigerate to improve flavor and length of life, yet eat at room temperature for the best taste. Store cherries in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

You should eat them in about three days. Generally speaking darker colored cherries are sweeter making them an excellent dessert. There are a wide variety of cherries on the market from Bing to Ranier to Queen Anne, and the peak cherry season is June/July. A sour variety is best for making pies, jams, and pastries - save the sweet ones for eating alone. To pit, slam with a knife as you would a clove of garlic to remove the skin or use a paper clip to slide in and stab the pit out.

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SU3 SU3 10 years
Awesome! I LOVE cherries!
ktjones ktjones 10 years
My cherries are not quite ready yet!! Hoping they will be soon before the birds get all of them!!
figurine figurine 10 years
Thanks partysugar, I love it when you guys do specials like these. :D I saw cherries for the first time this year today so the timing is excellent.
TidalWave23 TidalWave23 10 years
Yum, I loooooove cherries! But nowhere nearly as much as I love strawberries, but they're always nice for a change.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
I bought some frozen cherries, but they just don't do it for me like fresh ones. I love cherry season!
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Love cherries!
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
BTW, You can buy frozen dark cherries (pitted) at Trader Joe's. They're cheaper than buying them at the grocery store, and last longer.
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
How funny! I added cherries in my oatmeal this morning and for lunch, I'm eating a side asparagus with my meal! ;)
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