Local cherries are in full bloom across the Okanagan – BC Tree Fruits recently announced that they expect an unusually large crop of cherries this season – to the tune of 8 million pounds. (In comparison, 2011 saw a cherry crop yield of 4.6 million pounds.) In addition to an increase in quantity of the popular summer sweet, consumers can expect to see cherries arrive in local grocery stores earlier than anticipated. Good news for those of us who adore spending the summer months with cherry juice dripping from our chins.
Although there’s nothing wrong with eating cherries straight up, their abundance encourages using them in baking, desserts and drinks – here are a handful of recipes that make the best of this summery stone fruit.
Related: Writer Suzan Colon explains how eating cherries in winter helped her family get through hard times