Cheering for Cherries!

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Cherries: A Daily Dose of Antioxidants Cherry season is upon us! Throughout the summer, the produce bins at Sprouts will be piled high with bags of the crimson beauties (and maybe some yellow-pink Rainiers, too!)

A popular seasonal favorite, we carry the best quality and variety of cherries—just for you! Aside from their sweet tang and portability, cherries also happen to have one of the highest levels of antioxidants of any fruit, about the same as blueberries. Antioxidants help to counter damage done to our cells by free radicals.

How to Pick the Best Cherries

When picking Bing cherries, look for large, firm fruit with a deep red-to-burgundy color. Rainier cherries should also be large and firm with yellow and red blushed skin. Brown spotting on Rainier cherries usually indicates higher sugar. Avoid cherries of any variety if the skin is soft or blemished or if they are sticky and leaking. While most of us know cherries as a snack or ingredient in pies, tarts and other desserts, their sweet tartness makes for a great addition to savory dishes, too! Cherries are also delicious when pitted and dried, adding a delightful texture and flavor when added to salads, salsa, baked goods and more!


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Chelan Fresh Cherries

At Sprouts, our sourcing practices, paired with our strong relationships with local growers, are part of how we bring you the freshest produce all year long. Chelan Fresh is one of the many unique, family-owned farms used to source juicy cherries. Located in Washington along the Cascade Mountains, the clean rivers and warm mountain sun allow them to grow their Chelan Fresh Dark Sweet Cherries every season for peak freshness. These cherries are grown to exacting standards to ensure the best flavor and experience during their short season, so grab them while you can!




Sweeten up summer with these delicious, seasonal recipes!

Cherry Cheesecake Mousse​

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Seasonality Matters

Cherry season is exciting because it doesn’t last long and these sweet gems are loved by many–for a tasty reason! When picking your next batch, it’s important to know when and where your cherries were harvested for peak freshness. April kicks off the harvesting season in Southern California and comes to an end by early June. By this time, the cherry varieties from Washington are ready to go until late August. Their seasons are short and sweet, but that’s what keeps us coming back for more every year!

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How to Pit a Cherry—The Easy Way

While it's hard to find fault with cherries, the pesky pit can get in the way. You can purchase a pitter at a kitchen specialty store, or try this easy hack. To get started, you’ll need a drinking straw and your favorite variety of cherries.

How to: Remove the stem and simply, press the straw through the base of the fruit and push the pit out—so easy!

 
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