World Famous Rainier cherries from our friends at Stemilt are in IN THE HOUSE! The sweetest cherry glows golden with a little blush, tender skin and creamy white flesh – so good! These little treasures from Washington State are only available for a few weeks each year, so now is the time to enjoy them!
Rainier cherries are a cross between Bing and Van cherries, and originated in 1952. Cherries put a lot of good on your table – sweet cherries contain a good dose of potassium, beta carotene, anthocyanins, and quercetin, which supports better blood pressure. Cherries are also high in water and fiber – just about 90 calories and 3 grams of fiber per cup, they fit into everyone’s eating plan. They are also a good source of melatonin, which supports better sleep.
These little gems are really versatile – triple washed in their bag, they are ready for snacking, chopping and adding to plain yogurt, or baking up a quick summer cherry cobbler. No time to bake? Fake that cobbler with chopped cherries, granola and a dollop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream – yum! Try a new tradition and add them to cool grain salads (like farro and quinoa), bake them into oatmeal bars, or toss them into ambrosia coleslaw with chopped walnuts and some mandarin oranges. They are too much fun to miss – get to the store and get yours quick!
Ellie Wilson, MS, RDN