Cherries are perhaps my favorite fruit. I say perhaps because I can’t really pick a favorite: any fresh fruit tends to be my favorite when it’s in season. But cherries are just so decadent, and they’re so delicious and easy to preserve that they slip nicely into every season. If you’re also a cherry fan, here’s a year of seasonally-appropriate cherry recipes for you to enjoy.
January – Cherry Smoothie
January’s not cherry time, but it is if you’ve frozen some cherries! If you freeze cherries, it’s best to remove the pits before freezing. This makes them much easier to slip into a smoothie. This cherry-vanilla smoothie recipe is an easy and kid-friendly way to begin your day.
February is the month of love, and I know I’d swoon over a cherry cheesecake (well, any cheesecake really). Choose a no bake cheesecake recipe to make the preparation easy.
Canned cherries were a childhood staple for me. March is the month between winter and spring, and it’s a time when I’m yearning for fresh food. While you’re waiting too, indulge in some canned cherries over ice cream or with your morning cereal. Here’s how to can them.
Spring is here, the rhubarb is up, and you’d like to pair it with something. How about a cherry rhubarb crisp to celebrate the season?
If school and work lunches are getting old, May is the perfect time to use up your stash of preserved cherries in some chocolate-cherry muffins. Healthy muffins – with super healthy dark chocolate, of course!
Summer’s coming, and the cherries are here, and oh my, ice cream! This coconut-cherry-chocolate chip ice cream has everything you want in ice cream: smooth coconut, chocolate, and fresh fruit.
Looking for a simple way to eat your cherries and get some greens? Try a fresh cherry salad with bacon and buttermilk dressing! If you’re looking for a more meal-oriented cherry salad, try out this honey, quinoa, and cashew cherry salad. Yum!
This is the kind of soup that I like to eat in the summer: sweet and sour! This traditional Hungarian recipe uses sour cherries and sour cream to create a unique cherry delight.
As cherry season draws to a close, create some sour cherry pie filling and can it so that you can enjoy the sweet-tart flavor of these beauties throughout the year.
Want to try these recipes but don’t have any cherries right now? You can order Dried Cherries through Amazon and have them delivered to your home.
It’s the beginning of chocolate season again, and what better way to celebrate than with some fruit. Check out these cherries dipped in chocolate – using frozen cherries!
You’ve frozen a lot of cherries from the summer, and it’s just about Thanksgiving. How about whipping up some spicy and delicious cherry chutney to go with your seasonal meal?
Who wouldn’t want some homemade cherry jam as a gift? Ok, they can send it my way instead. Tuck away some jars of this jam during canning season and you’ll be all ready for Christmas gift baskets.
When are cherries in season? This depends on where you live. In North America, some areas have cherries in June, while others have them in July and August. Whatever time of year they are in season for you pick a lot so you can use them in these cherry recipes all year round!
What is your favorite cherry recipe?