I wrote this tasty list of 10 Reasons to buy Cherries Now on behalf of Northwest Cherry Commission; all opinions are my own.

10 Reasons to Buy Cherries Now

One of the goals of the Pacific Northwest Foodie Road trip was to tour Pacific Northwest Farms and Fruit Packing Companies. Consider that goal achieved and we did it in style in a snazzy Mazda CX-9. We visited many farms on our trip and even squeezed in two fruit packing warehouses, Apples and Cherries!

10 Reasons to Buy Cherries Now

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We all know apples are a perfect storage fruit but cherries not so much. They need to be picked, packed, sent out and sold as soon as possible. After the Cherry Tour, I kept thinking about how I needed to stock up on cherries for summer and winter enjoyment. Of course, I got a little pushback when I mentioned doing that; mostly a friend wanted to know WHY I would buy fruit to put up when most fruit is available all year round.

I didn’t have just ONE answer I had over ten good reasons to purchase Northwest Cherries now, but I slimmed the list down a bit for this post.

10 Reasons to Buy Cherries Now

  1. Cherries are at their peak right now, fresh and ripe, juicy and perfect, and the price is right
  2. Northwest Cherry Commission grown in the Pacific Northwest, are carefully cultivated, they’re picked and processed as cold as possible to keep the cherries firm, ripe and perfect for the consumer
  3. Once they’re gone, you won’t find Northwest Cherries until next summer-get them while you can!
  4. Cherries are high in fiber; they’ll keep you regular
  5. Cherries are also high in Vitamins A and C
  6. Make them into smoothies, while you’re at it try my Cherry Cheesecake Smoothie!
  7. Freeze cherries. Pit them, lay them flat on a cookie sheet, freeze, vacuum pack in smaller bags for winter use–imagine a cherry pie for Thanksgiving Dinner-we enjoy one every single year
  8. Dry them. Pit them, dehydrate them according to your dehydrators directions
  9. Pack them. Cherries make the perfect lunch box addition; whether it’s work, back to school or even daycare lunches, everyone is happy to see cherries
  10. Extract them. Pit and stem cherries, cover with vodka, store in a cool dark place for two weeks, strain and use in recipes in place of vanilla extract

The Cherry Line

You guys there’s so much work that goes into Northwest Cherries you just can’t even believe it. Take a peek at this cherry line and understand that this warehouse is kept cold to keep the cherries chilled to protect them.

10 Reasons to Buy Cherries Now

@thecherrydude

10 Reasons to Buy Cherries Now

@thecherrydude

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