Apples, oranges, bananas, and some other fruits never disappear in the market, you will easily find them all year round. But that’s not applied for cherries, they only available in limited time and the peak season of cherries is in summer.
Even though in season, cherries are still relatively pricey. Here in Nicosia, the price is around € 4-8 per kg, depending on its quality.
How to pick the fresh cherry ?
Glossy, no blemish, depth/dark color with bright green stem, but a lack of stem doesn’t necessary means that cherry in low quality.
How to store
Fridge your cherry as soon as possible. You can keep it fresh for 3-5 days. Avoid washing prior to storage because the water will be absorbed by the stems which lead to splits or spoilage. Place cherries in the plastic bag or covered container and if possible divide into smaller bag/container to prevent from bruising. Many people froze their cherries but I never had experience on that :).
There are many ways to enjoy cherry, but for me nothing better than eating fresh sweet cherry . My favorite is eating directly as a snack, but sometimes I put it on salad. Below is my favorite cherry salad with spinach and feta cheese. It is simple, very easy but hhmmm … so refreshing. it’s sweet and sour from the cherries and balsamic vinegar, mixed with crunchy spinach and a little bit saltiness from feta cheese, perfectly blended in your mouth.
Cherry with spinach and feta cheese salad. ( for 1-2 portion)
1 cup of cherry, pitted and cut half
1- 2 cup of spinach (or you can use lettuce, romaine or any green leaves that you have)
1-2 tablespoon of feta cheese (or goat cheese) crumbled
1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar, 1 tablespoon of honey, I tablespoon of lemon and 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
Yes, I know, I know, it’s a little bit tricky to pit the cherries without tools. But I found the easy and fun way to do it here. If It works for me so it might work for you.
Since pitting the cherries is easy, fast, and fun, how about make it some cherries Jam ?just boiled some cherries with sugar and little bit water. What better than fresh homemade cherry jam? Yes, My family love it. Waffle with cherry jam and melting dark chocolate? Who can resist ??!!