Fresh cherries with the flavors of Provence
My grandad had raspberry canes and I loved helping him harvest them. They fitted on the end of my fingers like furry busbys. The cherries we hooked over our ears like earrings!!
David, One of the farmers at my local Farmers Market grows Michigan Sour Cherries. Michigan is famous for these cherries. I use your recipe to make jam. I didn't know your could freeze cherries. Do I need to pit them? Should I rinse them first? before I put them in the freezer? They haven't reached the market yet, however, I want to be prepared. Thanks for your help, Gail
I do this with raspberries but I don't really cook them. Just dump them in a jar with some sugar and raspberry brandy. Then you can get pretty smashed after a month or so :). Will try this when the domestic cherries grow in.
I just made your Strawberry Spritz over the weekend with all the wonderful strawberries that have been popping up in the SF farmers' markets! It was delightful now I can buy even MORE strawberries!
This recipe is a delicious reason to buy some high quality vanilla ice cream! I clicked on your link for Fig-Pineapple Jam as I, too, am an avid jam maker but no recipe. I guess I need to buy your dessert book?!
I have made every cherry recipe of yours to which I have access. We have seven cherry trees, three producing sweet cherries and four producing what used to be called “pie cherries.” I so much prefer the pie cherries to the sweet varieties, which are too sweet and to me lacking the essential fresh fruit element of “brightness.” I sometimes modify your recipes slightly to accommodate pie cherries rather than sweet. But, oh my, each and every cherry recipe of yours elicits rave reviews from absolutely everybody. Best thing: I have jars and jars of compote, sauce, etc., in the freezer for the winter, bringing joyous memories of summer with each bite. Thank you for the recipes!
Sounds awesome, will definitely try.
Speaking of fruit recipes, I made your ginger lemonade yesterday and it’s fabulous!
The last time I was in Paris I stayed in Vincennes, and my last morning I walked into town to get some snacks for my afternoon flight back to New York. As luck would have it, it was farmers market day! I bought a little basket of perfect raspberries, and the woman who sold them to me kept urging me to buy a flat so I could make confiture. I was so tickled to be mistaken for a local (normally my French accent fools no one) that I bought another basket to give to my Airbnb hosts. Thank you for reminding me of this sweet memory! Would that recipe work with sour cherries, do you think? I have a big bag of them in my refrigerator, I couldn’t resist them as I was food shopping in Brighton Beach yesterday.
So glad we are going cherry picking on Sunday. I’ll make this recipe and serve over homemade vanilla ice cream, and my husband will also make his burgundy cherry ice cream to literally further enjoy the fruits of our labor! Let summer begin!
Yes, yes, yes to the freezer! We live in a house so currently have 3 (!). Every summer we fill them up with all the berries and stone fruits available here in BC. Local raspberries on oatmeal in January, yes. Cherry compote and yogurt in February, yes. So worth the sacrifice of space and time spent prepping them for the freezer.
Love your posting again so much information I am site tracking making your yummy granola first
Love all summer stone fruit, including cherries. Interesting information in this post about the liquors, but since I am not a fan of pastis I will eat my cherries "as is!" ENJOY!
Despite my dislike of licorice flavors, I’m intrigued by both the cherry recipe and trying pastis with sparkling water, which is how I drink other herbaceous liquors. Thank you for the impetus to try something new!
Every year I find myself longing for the sour cherries of my youth. There were two trees in the yard of my best friend’s house next door, more in the farm house yard down the road. Sigh. We all gorged -especially the robins but there were plenty for all. That was near London Ontario, (Cda) Up north of the nation’s capital where I now live I have tried the cultivars for the new northern bred cherries. I too have seen the promise of a cherry or two but each year the chipmunks sample these little treasures early in the growing season and discard the tiny globes as unsuitable, returning again, and again ... until the last one with perhaps a hint of the orangy pink promise of ripening fruit disappears. I can however buy pails of tart cherries in our grocery store in mid summer and freeze the lot. I am one of those fortunates with ahem, two freezers...
Keep the cherry recipes coming David! We ❤️ all kinds.
David, You’re probably going to boot me out for this but, the NYT cooking recently shared a recipe for homemade Maraschino Cherries, which I’m tempted to try. Wondering if you saw that and if you had thoughts about that? Also, these are tart cherries as opposed to Bing, right? I love your emails and your journey!