Cherries 5 Ways

by in In Season, May 31, 2011
Cherries at Farmers' Market
Fresh Cherries at the Farmers' Market

Cherry season has arrived! These babies are brimming with antioxidants including vitamins A and C, anthocyanin and quercitin. With all these nutrients and an irresistible sweet-sour flavor, it’s no wonder they’re one of our favorite warm-weather fruits. Here are 5 fun ways to enjoy them.

With Honey
For an afternoon delight, combine fresh white and dark cherries with honey and vinegar. Enjoy with toast.
RECIPE: Fresh Cherries With Semolina Toast and Rhododendron Honey

Beat the heat with refreshing cherry juice using four simple ingredients: sour cherries, sugar, water and sparkling water.
RECIPE: Sparkling Cherry Juice

Cherry Sauce
Fruit-based sauces are great alternatives to creamy or high-fat versions. Dried tart cherries make a mean sauce and pair wonderfully with pork, fish, turkey or chicken.
RECIPE: Pork Medallions with Cherry Sauce

Don’t let those extra cherries go to waste! Macerate cherries by soaking them in brandy, rum or wine. They”ll last for up to one year.
RECIPE: Dana’s Macerated Cherries

Balsamic Cherries
Satisfy your sweet tooth with in-season produce by combining cherries with balsamic vinegar and sugar. Toss in another stone fruit like peaches, plums or nectarines.
RECIPE: Peaches With Balsamic Cherries

Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. See Toby’s full bio »

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