Ma Cherie, I Miss You: 5 Ways to Enjoy Cherries Year-Round

Glimpse of fresh cherries, cherry juice, and red gift

Do you love cherries? I love cherries, too, but fresh cherries are mainly available in the summer. In the fall, I miss their ruby tone, crunchy texture, bursting flavor, and candy-like sweetness.

The good news is there are several ways to enjoy cherries – whether they’re in season or not. Here are at least 5 ways to enjoy them year-round.   

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1. Fresh Cherries

Fresh cherries make a healthy, easy side dish, dessert, or snack.

They’re a good source of fiber and vitamin C and contain natural plant chemicals that may benefit health by working against oxidation and inflammation and aiding sleep.

Just portion 1 cup into a bowl, give them a good wash, and pop them in your mouth! If you’re shy about spitting out cherry pits, remove them in advance with a cherry pitter!

C’est dommage – fresh cherries ripen mostly during summer months. However, there are many other ways to enjoy cherries.

2. Cherry Smoothie

Fuchsia-colored cherry-pomegranate smoothie in a clear glass

Frozen cherries are available all year and are perfect for making smoothies for breakfast or a snack.

My favorite smoothie brings summer and fall flavors together by combining frozen cherries with pomegranate juice.

I make it by blending in a blender until smooth:

  • 1 cup of frozen pitted dark sweet cherries
  • 1/2 cup of 100% pomegranate juice
  • 2/3 cup of vanilla Greek yogurt

3. Cherry Oatmeal Topping or Trail Mix

Cooked oatmeal topped with halved dried cherries, chopped roasted pistachios, and chopped dark chocolate chips in a white bowl with a grayish-blue rim

Dried cherries are also available throughout the year and are excellent for making a cozy oatmeal or an energy-packed trail mix.

For cherry oatmeal topping, I top cooked oatmeal with:

  • 2 tablespoons of dried cherries, halved
  • 1 tablespoon of roasted pistachios, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of dark chocolate chips, chopped

For cherry trail mix, I mix:

  • 1/2 cup of dried cherries, halved
  • 2 tablespoons of roasted pistachios
  • 2 tablespoons of dark chocolate chips

4. Cherry Cottage Cheese or Yogurt

Canned cherries are available 365 days a year. Although often used for baking pastries, they can be used to liven up plain high-protein foods. For example, one could pair:

  • 2 tablespoons of canned pitted dark sweet cherries WITH
  • 2/3 cup of plain Greek yogurt OR 3/4 cup of cottage cheese

5. Cherry Water and Cherry Juice

Bubbly, dark-red cherry juice over ice cubes in a clear glass

Cherry juice is also readily available. It can be served as a couple splashes added to plain water for flavoring or served over-the-rocks. One could drink:

  • 4 tablespoons of unsweetened cherry juice stirred into 1 cup of plain water, OR
  • 1 cup of unsweetened cherry juice poured over ice

More Suggestions

Red square gift box with red satin bow

Perhaps you have a friend or family member or an acquaintance, who’s a cherry fanatic, too. If so, consider these items for a personalized cherry gift or gift basket:

  • a cherry pitter for fresh cherries
  • a blender for cherry smoothies
  • cherry preserves
  • cherry tea
  • red cloth napkins for lining gift baskets

If you have a group of friends, family members, or acquaintances, who are fans of cherries, consider these bulk items for goodie bags:

  • chocolate-dipped cherries
  • cherry lip balm
  • cherry tealight candles

Do you have any more ideas? Whichever way you choose to enjoy cherries, bon appetit! Until next summer!

Published by Scout

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