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The season's first fresh cherries have finally arrived at United Supermarkets. These beautiful stone fruits are only at their peak each summer so don't hold back! Below you'll find everything you need to know about cherries as well as how to bake, cook and snack with them throughout the season. Though be warned: once you start savoring these red gems, you might not be able to stop. 


Cherries 101

Cherries can be either deliciously sweet or quite tart and we are loving all varieties this summer! Whether it's for baking, cooking or simply snacking, we've got everything you need to know about cherries and how to enjoy them.

When buying cherries, keep an eye out for cherries with the stems still attached as it keeps them fresher longer. Refrigerate or freeze your cherries and are best washed just prior to eating!

The Growing Process

Cherry trees are often planted in rows in orchards and a single cherry tree can grow for many years before it will actually bear fruit. The growing process may vary depending on the cherry variety being grown, but they require relatively the same care. Similar to berries, cherry trees will bud and produce flowers. Pollination is critical for the growth of cherries, especially that of honey bees. After the petals have fallen and the tree has been pollinated, immature fruit can take about a month to form on the tree. From there, farmers wait until their variety of cherry is the perfect shade of red and then they harvest. 

Cherry Varieties

At United Supermarkets we have Sweet Red and Rainier cherries, both of which offer uniquely scrumptious flavor. While you can tell the physical difference between the two at a glance, the texture and flavor also vary. Click here for everything you need to know about the different types of cherries we offer.


Health Benefits

Cherries are one of the most beloved fruits, and for good reasons. Packed with vitamins, minerals and rich in antioxidants, they can have some powerful health effects. They're a good source of fiber and vitamin C as well as potassium and other nutrients your body needs. 


Sweet red cherries often pair well with unique flavors such as lime, blueberries, dark leafy greens, or even pineapple. In addition, they are also known to complement tart or creamy cheeses well such as cream cheese or mascarpone, and yogurt and ice cream. Other popular flavor pairings for cherries include balsamic vinegar, almond, dark chocolate, cola, vanilla and both red and white wine.

Rainier cherries have a unique flavor and texture and therefore may pair well with slightly different flavors. These complementary flavors include other stone fruit like apricots and plums, as well as vanilla, cinnamon, and both dark and white chocolate. In addition, their savory flavor pairings may include arugula, smoked fish and pork, basil and fresh cheeses. 

Cherry (P)Inspiration

Check out our recipes and ideas below or click here to visit our Pinterest page for more cherry perfection! 

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Baking with Cherries

Cherries are perfect for baking and have become popular for delicious desserts such as the classic cherry pie or cherry cheesecake.

Perfect for Baking

While we primarily offer two varieties of cherries, Sweet Red and Rainier, Sweet Red cherries may be the best for baking up those sweet dishes due to the unique flavor profile of Rainier cherries. Sweet Red cherries are perfect for incorporating into pies, tarts, jams or even syrups. Keep in mind their natural sweetness, so you don't need to add a ton of additional sugar!

 Click here for all our scrumptious cherry baking recipes and check out some of our favorites below.

Cherry Pancakes Baked Cherry Almond Oatmeal New York Style Cherry Cheesecake
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Cooking with Cherries

Looking for a new way to incorporate cherries into your meal plan? Look no further! Cooking with cherries is just as fun as baking with them, and we've got a variety of recipes from appetizers to salads and main dishes worth trying.

Perfect for Cooking

When it comes to savory dishes, cherries can add an unexpected punch of sweetness.  Switch up your dinner plans this summer and incorporate cherries in the least expected places! Grab those cherries and start cooking.

Click here for all our delectable cherry recipes and check out some of our savory favorites below.

Cherry Summer Greens Salad Beef Tenderloin with Cherry Sauce  Seared Salmon with Cherry Relish
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Snacking with Cherries

Summertime snacking just got better now that cherry season is officially here at United Supermarkets. We've got cherries galore and a ton of ideas for how you can use them! Next time you're in store or ordering online, don't forget to grab some and brighten your meal plan. 

Perfect for Snacking

Both Sweet Red and Rainier cherries are perfect for eating out of hand or throwing into a quick snack. Their naturally sweet flavor makes for a perfect addition to your day like in this Cherry Yogurt Popsicles.

Whether you're enjoying them fresh or in a tasteful recipe, cherries can quickly become one of your staples. Click here for all our tasty cherry recipes and check out some of our favorite snacks below.

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Happiness is a bowl of cherries so make sure to grab yours today! Worried about cherry season ending? Extend the taste of summer by freezing fresh cherries. Get step-by-step instructions here.

Shop online for all of your cherry favorites or plan a trip to your local United.