President's Day brings up many questions. Chief among them -- besides the obvious "How do Abe Lincoln and George Washington feel about sharing a birthday party?" -- is "did George really chop down a cherry tree?"
Hard to know for sure, but if he was after cherries in the process I can't say I'd blame him. Cherries are among the most lovely and delicious of fruits and foods, and if you're not considering them alone or in recipes? You really should.
Bing cherries are the deep red standard in most grocery stores and farmer's markets, and they are delicious. Bings are fabulous alone -- which is the way I enjoy them the most, honestly.
Sour cherries get the most street cred for pies, but there are plenty of recipes for the Bing variety too.
My more-expensive obsession is Rainier cherries, created and grown in Washington State.
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Yes, they're more expensive than your average fruit, and are therefore especially not the kind you want to let rot on the windowsill. But they are beautiful to look at and delicious too, so if you're able to splurge even a little at the grocery store, this is a good place to spend a few extra pennies.
Want to take your cherries of any kind beyond eating them off of the stem? There are plenty of recipes to be found online for delicious cherry dishes:
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EatingWell.com has a large selection of sweet cherry recipes, and remind us that cherries have a good dose of potassium, Vitamin C and fiber. How about some Bourbon Cherries for a little cocktail with your fruit?
Foodess has a cherry crisp recipe that sounds amazing -- with ice cream, naturally. And since it's not quite cherry season for most of us, PieChef has a recipe for pie using frozen cherries.
And according to Gourmet.com, Martha Washington herself was apparently a fan of Cherry Bounce, a cordial involving cherries, sugar, brandy and rum.
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Cherries for President's Day? I may not have talked you into it, but fresh or frozen, I know what I'll be snacking on today.