Hi, I’m Chef Dan with FreshPoint, and stonefruit season is upon us. I brought along the first of the sweet cherries of the season. These are Brooks cherries from California. Super-rich flavor, and with a high Brix (or sugar content). These were actually a 23.5 Brix and the flavor is incredibly rich and balanced.
There are actually two types of cherries. There are sour or tart cherries which are, ironically enough, used mainly in pie fillings. And then there’s sweet cherries, which is what I have here. Cherries are a member of the drupe family or stonefruit, which refers to the seed formation on the interior.
What are some savory cherry menu ideas?
Everybody knows how to bake with cherries and make desserts. Let’s talk a little bit about savory cherry menu ideas. They pair great with wild game such as venison or elk. And they are also great with black pepper, thyme, juniper, even chili peppers. Personally I like chipotle peppers with mine, where the smoky heat balances and cuts through the sweet acidity perfectly.
What do you do with your summer cherry harvest? Well, you can freeze it. Pit your cherries, wash them, put them in a freezer-safe bag and store them for up to a month. Pull them out when you need a reminder of the wonderful summer weather.
Content provided by Chef Daniel Snowden, the Director of Culinary Development for FreshPoint Central Florida. He has been in the produce industry years almost 20 years and loves getting geeky about food. Follow FreshPoint Central Florida on Facebook and Instagram.
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