Cherry Season

Cherries have a very short growing season and can grow in most temperate latitudes. The peak season for cherries is in the summer. In Australia, they are usually at their peak in late December, in southern Europe in June, in North America in June, in south British Columbia (Canada) in July to mid August, and in the UK in mid July. In many parts of North America, they are among the first tree fruits to ripen.

Because cherries are ripe when they're picked, this is one fruit that will be sweet and juicy whether you buy it at a supermarket or a farmers' market. I've tried a variety of different uses for them this week - including a soup, a smoothie and a cobbler - but a big bowl of cold, unadorned cherries is pretty hard to beat.

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