Whether you like them sweet or sour, there is only a brief window of time to enjoy fresh cherries. The short cherry season spans June through August and can last as few as four weeks, peaking around mid-July. That gives us little time to fill up on sweet cherries from the Pacific Northwest (often sold fresh) and sour cherries, also known as "pie" or "tart" cherries, from Michigan (largely canned, dried or frozen).
Cooked in healthy cherries recipes or just eaten fresh, this is a fruit I'm crazy for. Plus cherries are rich in antioxidants, and are also a good source of fiber, potassium and vitamin A.
When you get your fill of them plain, try one of my favorite cherry recipes from EatingWell:
Grilled Chicken with Cherry-Chipotle Barbecue Sauce: This spicy, but not fiery-hot, dish can be marinated for up to a day, making for an easy make-ahead option for a barbecue.
Vanilla-Kirsch Panna Cotta with Cherry Compote: This light and creamy yogurt-based panna cotta is spikedRead More »from Love cherries? 4 sweet and savory recipes to try