What are cherries?
Cherries are a sweet-to-tart red stone fruit which, while tiny, pack a powerful antioxidant punch. They are rich in Vitamin C and Potassium, as well as Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, and magnesium. Cherries mark the transition from spring to summer and among the first stone fruits to arrive at the farmer’s market.
What do I do with them?
Honestly, when I bring cherries home, they usually only last a day, but if you keep them in the refrigerator they can last up to a week. Be sure to keep them in a paper bag or a ventilated container, as they don’t like moisture. When using cherries in a recipe, the most inconvenient part is pitting them. It’s worth investing in a cherry pitting tool (also great for olives), but in a pinch, you can use this handy hack: unfold a paperclip, insert into the cherry where the stem was attached, and pull out the pit. Voila!
What can I make with cherries?A cherry is one of those fruits that is utterly perfect on its own, but I find myself anticipating the cherry season every year just so I can roast them like this. The roasting process coaxes a complex depth of flavor from the fruit and intensifies its sweetness, while the pungent rosemary acts as a perfect foil. It’s so easy to make these beautiful skewers, you can’t even call it a recipe; it’s more a sleight of hand! Simply pit cherries, thread them onto sprigs of rosemary (woodier stems work best), and roast in a 350º oven for 15-20 minutes. This makes an impressive guilt-free dinner party dessert.
Keep in the fridge for the freshest, crispest cherries.
Recipes using Cherries