Hello again from your go-to open-air produce market in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. As part of our "Farm to Brooklyn" series, we will be sharing all the delicious in-season produce that is available right now. Today's topic of discussion is cherries, which are currently in peak season of freshness.
Cherries are not only delicious, but they are also incredibly nutritious. In this blog, we will highlight the health benefits of cherries, their flavor profiles, and various uses that can elevate your meals. Additionally, we will share tips on how you can keep cherries fresh for longer periods of time in your fridge at home, as well as a popular recipe where cherries are the star of the dish.
Cherries are packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, which make them a great snack for supporting overall health. They are also rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals like vitamin C, potassium, and iron. Eating cherries can help to reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure, and improve heart health. They are also known to promote better sleep and aid in muscle pain reduction.
When it comes to flavor profiles, cherries range from tart to sweet, depending on the variety. Tart cherries are often used in baking, while sweet cherries make great snacks raw. Rainier cherries are a golden variety that is both sweet and tart, with a lower acidity level. Dark cherries, such as Bing and Black Tartarian, are the most common cherries found in grocery stores and are best enjoyed raw.
Cherries can be incorporated into every meal, from breakfast to dinner. They make for a perfect addition to oatmeal, yogurt, or smoothie bowls in the morning. For lunch, try adding cherries to your salad to add a pop of color and flavor. In the evening, cherries can be used as a topping for desserts, but they also make great sauces to complement savory dishes. A cherry sauce is especially delightful when paired with fresh duck or grilled chicken.
To keep cherries fresh for a longer period of time, we advise you to store them unwashed and in the fridge. When you're ready to snack on them, rinse them with cool water to get rid of any dirt or debris. Keeping the stem on the cherries will also help to prolong their freshness.
A popular recipe that includes cherries is a cherry clafoutis. This French dessert features fresh cherries baked in a custard-like batter. We love this recipe because it's easy to make and it's a great way to use up any leftover cherries. You can find our cherry clafoutis recipe on our website, and we encourage you to give it a try.
Cherries are a delicious and nutritious snack that can be enjoyed in an array of dishes. At Three Guys from Brooklyn, we are proud to offer only the freshest of produce, and peak season cherries are no exception. Remember to follow our tips on how to keep cherries fresh for longer, and definitely try our cherry clafoutis recipe with all that delicious fruit. Stay tuned for more seasonal produce features in our "Farm to Brooklyn" campaign, and don't forget to shop local and support your community.