Cherry season is a precious time of year and we want you to be prepared to enjoy it to the fullest. Familiarize yourself with these best practices for selecting, storing, & freezing “drupes.”
Picking cherries at the store is similar to choosing other fruit in that you should avoid soft cherries with major bruises. Unlike other fruit, though, cherries offer a unique indicator to determine freshness: stems. Opt for green-stemmed cherries to add to your cart.
Once you’re home, store the cherries in the coldest part of your refrigerator, unwashed. Wait to rinse them under cold water until you’re ready to enjoy them. Steer clear of placing them near strong-smelling food like onions or garlic as they can alter the taste. Warm environments & direct sunlight should also be avoided to keep them fresh.
Interested in saving cherries for later in the year? We suggest freezing them to retain color and flavor.
Follow these steps to freeze your cherries:
- Wash cherries & remove the stems. Do not remove the stems early, as they help keep the fruit fresh.
- Pit the cherries (see tips above). Leaving the pits in may result in a slightly woody taste.
- To avoid the cherries freezing in a giant block, spread them out on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and freeze them individually for approximately 8 hours.
- Once individually frozen, place them in freezer-safe bags, make note of the date, and into the freezer they go!
*Frozen cherries will keep in the freezer for up to six months or up to one year in a deep freezer.