Sweet or tart, the cherry can be baked into slab pies, drizzled on cheese or poured over chocolate. The possibilities are endless, and so is your cherry selection.
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Here are some of the best cherry picks for different dishes:
Cherry Pie: Tart cherries are a great option for pies. Montmorency are most easily found.
Cherry Ice Cream: Sweet Bing cherries work best in ice cream.
Cheese Blintz: When pairing with cheese, turn sour cherries like Montmorency into a sauce.
Cherry Cookies: When baking cookies, sweet Bing or Lambert cherries are best and Maraschinos are always an option.
Crostini, Cheese and Cherries with Mint: Choose a sour cherry to pair with soft cheese like brie on a crostini with mint for a light canapé.
Cobblers: Red tarts are more sour and work well with sweet crusts.
Cherry Marmalade: Choose dark sweet Bing or Lambert cherries when making marmalade.
Duck with Cherry Sauce: Royal Anne lightly sweet cherries make the best sauce for duck recipes.
Chocolate Dipped Cherries: Maraschino cherries are best dipped in chocolate.
Cherry Juice: Tart cherries make the healthiest and best juicing choice.
Bowl of Cherries: Bing and Lamberts are your go-to sweet cherry choices when you're up for eating a bowl.
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