It’s cherry season! There are so many reasons to love this fruit. It’s said that we taste with our eyes as much as our tongues, and a bowl of bright red, shiny cherries on the table makes it true. Bite into one and the intoxicating flavor floods your senses. It’s sweet and fruity, yes, but has a deeper, darker taste than the innocent strawberry.
Cherries are finicky trees. They don’t like it when it gets too hot, when there’s not enough rain, and when it doesn’t stay cold enough during the winter. For the last few winters, California’s cherries have had all three of these environmental stresses and responded by producing fewer cherries.
A: Deciduous plants, such as cherries, go dormant in the winter to protect themselves from the cold. Cherry trees require roughly 700-800 chill hours between the temperatures of 32–45 degrees Fahrenheit before they start to bloom. The plant relies on the temperature to know how soon, after it gets above freezing, to safely start growing again.
Pucker up! Sour Cherries are traditionally reserved for pie bakers and jam makers, but give their fresh tart-sweet burst of flavor a try before you cook ”˜em up. Nutrient-rich sour cherries have even more health-promoting benefits than their sweet cousins, especially when consumed raw.
Here’s a preview of what regional farms will be harvesting in June, from The FruitGuys produce buyers. To see what’s being delivered this week, visit fruitguys.com/mix and choose your region.
Remember to always wash your hands and wash your fruit before eating, even if it’s organic.
In the American cherry world everything comes after the Bing. And the wingman to the Bing is the Brooks - a headliner in its own right, a sweet early cherry.
Yeah! Cherries! A fruit so packed with taste and lore, in poems, paintings and punk rock songs- how we extol this fine little fruit. For many the first cherries are a sign of spring and renewal, even recalling childhood games. Pit spitting (hey - not in the office) and wearing the doubles as earrings. Robert Graves: "When I sound the fairy call, Gather here in silent meeting, Chin to knee on the orchard wall, Cooled with dew and cherries eating. Merry, merry, Take a cherry."
Cherries are tasty and delicious but also a super food – researchers have found that cherries may help you sleep better, avoid jet lag, and possibly lessen the symptoms of arthritis and gout. The secret to their success? Melatonin, a hormone produced in the brain’s pineal gland that has been credited with slowing the aging process, and fighting insomnia and jet lag.
Recipe by Non-Reactive Pan, clarosouthwick.com/blog
1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
2 cups berries and cherries, stems and pits removed
2 tablespoons of sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon lemon juice