Happy belated first day of summer! Now that we’re officially in summer mode, one of my favorite things to enjoy during this season are cherries. As a child, I used to tell my parents to buy me cherries every time they went to the grocery store, which was like every week. I love cherries! I wait half a year just to enjoy one month of cherry season (2 on a good year and if prices are reasonable)!
In California, cherry season starts around mid-May and ends mid-June so during those months I am at my happiest and probably my healthiest (more fruit, less cupcakes lol).
Here are some tips on picking the best cherries this season:
- go for firm and plump
- avoid blemishes! no one wants to eat an unpretty cherry
- once cherries are picked, they do not ripen anymore so pick the darkest ones for the sweetest taste
- these babies bruise easily so don’t overcrowd them during storage
- no need to toss those slightly bruised or bright red cherries, they are perfect for jams, pies, and drinks
- enjoy within 2-4 days!
I’ve been on a bit of a pinning spree on Pinterest, so of course I want to share some of my favorite pins with you! Here are just some of my favorite recipes and ideas from across the www that I think would be perfect for cherry season this summer!
Read more after the jump…
Cherry Margaritas (recipe here):
Cherry Breakfast Crumble (recipe here):
Homemade Sour Cherry Jam (recipe here):
Toaster Pastries (recipe here):
Cherry Ice Cream with Chocolate Chips (recipe here):
Hope you enjoyed my favorite finds! And if you don’t have a cherry pitter, you can DIY it! Check out this amazing homemade cherry pitter DIY I found (ps, it only involves a fork!).
Hope you’re having a wonderful!