Fruit of the Month: Rainier Cherries

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Welcoming Rainier Cherry Season

Cherry season is officially here!  We love Rainier Cherries for their sweet, creamy taste.  They are prized all over the world, including Japan where this individual fruit can be sold for as much as $1 each.  Thus, this is the reason why these cherries are nicknamed “The Champagne of Cherries”.

The harvesting window for Rainier Cherries is very small, as they need to be protected from multiple factors like rain, wind, bruising and high temperatures. Our Fruit of the Month is high in fiber, antioxidants and low in calories. Learn more about the health benefits of Rainier Cherries, how to choose ripe cherries and our favorite recipes in today’s article.

Cherries are Healthy!

This sweet snack is boasting with health benefits. For example, they have only 100 calories per cup. Rainier Cherries are also full of antioxidants, fiber, vitamin C and more. The antioxidant, quercetin, is found in small quantities and is one of the most potent antioxidants there is! Our Fruit of the Month also contains Melatonin, a natural sleep aid which can help you rest fuller and better. Our Rainier Cherries are picked ripe straight out of our Hood River Valley Orchard, but if you’re purchasing in your local market there are a couple ways to select great tasting cherries.

How to Choose Ripe Rainier Cherries

There are two main ways of choosing ripe Rainier cherries. First, is to ask the market for a sample. Sampling a cherry will give you a feel for the ripeness and sweetness of the entire bag. Then, you should look at the color. A ripe Rainier cherry will be yellow with a pink blush. The pink blush is from sun exposure. Finally, after choosing your fruit make sure get them into your refrigerator as soon as possible! Only wash cherries right before consuming them.

Our Favorite Cherry Recipes

White and Dark Chocolate Dipped Rainier Cherries

Cherry Hand Pie

Cherry Pistachio Browned Butter Cookie

You can pre-order this delicious snack today by visiting our website here.  We are now offering 10% off plus Free 2-Day shipping! Our cherries are hand-picked and sent directly to your door.  Just rinse them with cool water and enjoy!

 

In 1942, Roy Webster began selling apples and pears from his orchards located in Hood River, Oregon. The area was perfect for growing fruit thanks to the volcanically enriched soil and glacial water from the nearby Mt. Hood. The fruit was exceptional. This orchard and fruit growing wisdom was passed down from father to son. In 1999, The Fruit Company was founded by Roy's grandsons, Scott & Addison Webster. Today, Scott runs the business as President and CEO. The Fruit Company packs and ships beautiful fruit gifts around the nation.

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