Idaho Cherries Jubilee…
One of the best things about summer is the bounty of fresh fruits – and cherries are the first of the season to appear at farmers markets, farm stands and retailers. And whether you like them flambéed, baked in a pie, or fresh off the stem, Idaho’s dark sweet cherries are some of the best in America.
You may know Idaho for its potatoes, but did you know Idaho ranks 5th in nation in sweet cherry production. Cherries can actually be grown in most areas of Idaho but most commercial production occurs in orchards located in the Sunnyslope area of Caldwell, in the Emmett Valley and in Washington and Payette Counties. But the cherry season is short –lasting only about 4-6 weeks. So get your cherries now. Many local grocers are featuring Idaho cherries – check for the Idaho Preferred label to be sure. Or for a fun family outing, take a trip to an orchard to pick your own.
Idaho cherries are not only sweet and delicious, but are also packed with antioxidants, Vitamin C and potassium. So indulge yourself in this healthy, sweet treat – while supplies last! And if you pick a few more than you can eat, cherries freeze well. Simply wash, dry and freeze – with or without the pits. But, if you are in the mood for something a little more decadent, try this recipe for Bing Cherry Ice Cream – it’s a delicious combination of cherries and ice cream – a lot easier than its flaming cousin the “Jubilee” – and no fire extinguisher required.
Wondering where you can find these delicious Idaho cherries? Walker Fruit Ranch has cherries available at their orchard in Emmett but they are going quickly! Find them next week at the Emmett Cherry festival. They also have cherry jam and handmade cherry soap. For more information visit their website. Kelley’s Canyon Orchard located in Filer also has cherries ready. They will be at the Boise Farmer’s Market July 5th and 12th, they have cherries available at the orchard, Twin Falls Farmer’s Market, and at Proost Fruit stand on the corner of Addison and Eastland in Twin Falls. Symms Fruit Ranch will also have cherries available at their fruit stand and at Wal-Mart. For more updates make sure to visit Idaho Preferred’s Facebook.