Even though fresh foods wasn’t a primary staple in my family when I was a child, we did have a garden and we had a couple fruit trees. It’s one of those memories that is slightly foggy but my tree was the cherry tree. I loved seeing the flowers and then the fruit that followed shortly after. You can find both sweet and tart cherries and I recommend that you figure out which variety would best suit your recipe. I recommend buying a cherry pitter. Not only does this contain the mess but it also allows you to keep more of the cherry.
To freeze, pit cherries and toss with a bit of lemon juice, spread out on a baking tray, and freeze. Once cherries are frozen, toss in a freezer safe bag or container. I also love to dry out fruit to use in granola. This can be done with a dehydrator or you can simply use your oven.
My recipes for cherries:
Recipes from around the web:
- Chocolate Cherry Brownies from 101 Cookbooks
- Wheat Berry Salad from Sprouted Kitchen
- Cherry Scones from The Fauxmartha
- Wild Arugala-Quinoa Salad with Cherries from Kiss My Spatula
- Raw Chocolate Cherry Mouse Cake from The First Mess
- Chocolate Cherry Sorbet from Good Things Grow
- Cherry Buckwheat Clafoutis from The Yellow House
- Almond and Cherry Upside Down Cake from Roost