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Cherries on Top: Local Stone Fruit

We love local cherries. Whether it’s a handful of chopped sweet red Bings in a chicken salad, or sour cherries baked into a pie or the dried fruit in your muffin or trail mix. Colorful and loaded with nutrients, cherries add fabulously fruity taste to an array of treats both sweet and savory.

Rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, cherries are a healthy summertime indulgence. They’re also a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin A, folate and iron. Catch these seasonal delights as they arrive our Produce department.

Cherried Away: Recipes and Beyond

A true cherry lover may know there’s no better way to savor this seasonal fruit than lingering over a bowl of sweet cherries, enjoying them one-at-a-time, in a nice, sunny spot. But they’re also a stellar addition to oatmeal, yogurt, smoothies, pancakes, grains and salads. In fact, it’s easy to incorporate cherries at any meal/snack and in virtually any dish.

Cherries partner well with most other fruits. Use fresh cherries to add a pretty touch to a berry and plum fruit salad, for example. Or pair them with spinach, couscous and almonds for a barbecue-friendly side salad. Cherries make luscious preserves, jams and chutneys. Serve cherries with roasted meats such as Grilled Chicken with Cherry Chutney or tangy cheese like in Goat Cheese & Balsamic Roasted Cherry Crostini.

Want cherries to give them center stage for dessert? Feature cherries in a batch of Cherries Jubilee, a classic cherry sauce to serve over ice cream or cake. Layer fresh cherries and cherry preserves with cake, cream and mascarpone cheese in a Cherry Trifle.

By: Claire

ClaireClaire Harlock Garber loves to eat and drink and write about it. She has worked in the food industry for nearly a decade and was on staff at the Skagit Valley Co-op from 2010-2018, writing the regular columns Skagit Brew Corner, The Cheese Whisperer, The Bounty of Bulk, and What's Dippin' in the Well for the Co-op's blog, as well as articles for the Natural Enquirer newsletter.