The season that cherry lovers wait for all year is finally here! Fresh, juicy cherries are bursting off the trees and starting to show up in our markets and grocery stores. There are lots of ways to cook with cherries: pies, muffins, scones, crisps and crumbles. But all cherry purists know that the best way to enjoy cherries is to eat them fresh while they are bursting with flavor. We assembled our best recipes that really highlight fresh cherries at their finest.  Get yourself a bag of cherries or two before they disappear, and try a few of these delicious ideas.

Summertime means cherries and outdoor get-togethers with friends and family. Our Cherry Cucumber Cups are healthy, fresh and easy to put together on a warm summer day, no oven involved. Try this with any variety of sweet cherry.

Fresh cherries add a juicy sweetness to this savory Cherry Basil Quinoa Salad. This dish travels well too, making it the perfect choice to bring along on your outdoor excursions.

Cherry Basil Hibiscus Tea

Let’s not forget the summer cocktails. Cherries are a natural with other stone fruits in our Cherry and Peach Sangria. This recipe is perfect for serving a group of folks because it is easily doubled. If you prefer nonalcoholic summer refreshers, give our Cherry Basil Hibiscus Tea a try.

A backyard happy hour wouldn’t be complete without some chips and salsa. Cherries offer a refreshing twist in this Salsa-Mexicana. It’s sweet and savory with a little spicy kick, a perfect match for our Cherry Peach Sangria.

And lastly, dessert! The all-American Cherry Milkshake with a blend of fresh cherries and vanilla ice cream is what we consider the cherry on top!

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