One of the more well known stone fruits in Australia is the cherry. It’s a favourite for many and there are more than 80 varieties grown. That being said, harvest is limited only to spring and summer, lasting for about 100 days, till end of February. So, cherry-ish it while it’s available!
Here are some simple tips to help you better enjoy your cherries.
Choose cherries with green stems attached. The colour of cherries will vary according to variety, however they should all appear plump with shiny skin. Avoid cherries that are soft and bruised or small and hard.
2nd: Storing Cherries
Ideally, cherries should be consumed within 4 days of purchase, though they last longer with the stem attached. Store cherries, loosely packed, in an airtight container or plastic bag in the fridge. They can be frozen and pitted for up to 6 months.
Fresh cherries can be served intact with stones or pitted, however, the stones should be removed before use in cooking. To remove the stones use a cherry pitter or, using a small sharp knife, cut a slit in one side of the cherry then remove the stone. Most cherries are very juicy, so consider pitting them inside a plastic bag to avoid stains.
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