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The Virtual Panier - Cherries

Posted by Kim / June 6, 2007

20070606cherry1.jpgSummer’s well on its way, which means many exciting things are about to start happening in the city. Definitely on that list is arrival of sweet, sweet summer fruit. And just like the sundae, on the top of that fruit-hierarchy sits the cherry.

Though it’s not quite the season for more locally-grown cherries (which occurs a little later on in the summer), many have already found their way into the local grocery stores and street grocers. So why not enjoy them all summer long? Piles and piles of deep red cherries, their beckoning powers strong, the temptation unavoidable. You can always just pop them in your mouth as you walk along, attempting to tie stems with your tongue and impress passerbys. But there are other alternatives that are as equally delicious (though perhaps still not as impressive) for the cherry that you could try this year.

20070606cherry3.jpgIt’s barbeque season, and there’s no reason the cherry should be excluded. Next time you’re throwing some chicken on the grill, bring out a bowl of cherry chutney to compliment the poultry. Many recipes exist, but the basic groundwork for a good cherry chutney is some cider vinegar, raisins, cinnamon, nutmeg and, of course cherries, all boiled up to create a thick, chunky sauce.
20070606cherry2.jpgDon’t forget some sweet, sweet cherry pie! Instead of reaching for the can of pie filling, make your own – the results are far superior, and the taste is much fresher and not as cloyingly sweet.

And a little note for those who are deterred from cooking with cherries because of all the pits: try slicing the cherry in half, until the blade hits the pit. Reach in with a fondue fork and pluck the pit out. All that precious cherry juice stays with the cherry, and you still end up with whole cherries.



Hannah / June 7, 2007 at 05:13 pm
I was just at the fruiterie and marveling over the nectarines, apricots, cherries and berries. Then I realized that none of them are local yet. Outside of the odd apple, what are the local fruits we're able to find in our stores these days?
renata / June 8, 2007 at 12:01 am
last year i spent two amazing months in montreal and i remember the arabic restaurants. a special one in front of saint catherine's indigo. its ont the 1st floor.

congratulations for the site, i was missing some news about this lovely city,
Cat / June 9, 2007 at 02:31 pm
Right now is semi-tough time for local veg and an even tougher times for fruits, but a matter of weeks, even days, will make a difference. Local greens (lettuce, arugula, sprouts, early chard, etc., plus asparagus and maybe still the odd fiddlehead) are available. In the fruits departments, local strawberries may appear soon - in the next two weeks I'm guessing? While technically a veg, local rhubarb is here right now! A few farms may still have cellared apples, but they are not great. Ontario and Quebec stone fruits (peaches, plums, cherries) are still a month or two away.... Stay tuned to Virtual Panier!

And Renata: thanks for the tip on the arabic resto.

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