As you know, Northwest Cherries, are considered “in season” during this time of year. As you have likely realized, many fruits—cherries included—are available throughout the year thanks to the global farming & our ability to import crops from around the world.
However, there’s nothing like the flavor of Northwest Cherries! Remember Northwest Cherries are grown in 5 states: Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho & Utah. They are typically available in June, July & August (not long enough)! You can stretch the season by freezing your fruit. Freezing does not change the nutritional value of your fresh produce & if done properly, the flavor does not suffer either. Fresh is always best, but oh my goodness… there is nothing like enjoying a Northwest Cherry in the middle of November! 🙂 Plus, I tend to do more baking during the winter months & cherries are probably my very favorite fruit to incorporate into desserts & baked goods.
It’s easy to freeze cherries. Here are the steps:
- Rinse & Drain
- Spread them out in a single layer on a pan, place in freezer & freeze until firm.
- Pack slightly frozen fruit into freezer bags, remove ALL the air prior to sealing
The USDA suggests that frozen fruit is good for up to 12 months if stored appropriately… so YES, you CAN enjoy Northwest Cherries all year long!
Remember: Fresh, Frozen, Canned, Dried & 100% Juice all counts! More Matters!