Sweet cherries are available in the market from May to September. This summer fruit is also a stone fruit just like peaches and enjoyed on its own or make a cobbler, cake, or many more desserts. Check the food groups that pair well with cherries so that you can have the freedom to experiment with many other flavors.
In this post, I share which food flavors taste great when paired with them. What flavors go well with cherries in terms of vegetables, fruits, nuts, herbs, spices, and protein.
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What Do Cherries Taste Like
Cherries are drupes or stone fruit just like peaches, plum, and nectarines. That means they contain a pit with seeds inside them.
They come in many varieties and so their flavor varies from tart to sweet. Cherries are firm, juicy, and fleshy from inside with a thin outer layer. They burst out with all the flavors when you have a bite on them.
Bing, Lapins, and Lambert cherries are on the sweeter note and their color can be from dark red to deep mahogany. Sweet cherries are intensely sweet that you can eat them as soon as you get hold of them. The darker the color, the sweeter it is in flavors.
Chelan, Rainier, and Tulare cherries are tart and used in baking goods. They are healthy and packed with nutrients. Rich in vitamin C, fiber, and many more.
What Do Cherries Pair Well With
You can make lots of savory and baking goods with sweet and tart cherries. These sweet, and juicy fruits go perfectly fine with many foods ingredients.
Here is the list of food pairing that goes well with them.
Fruits and Vegetables
Apricot, strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, watermelon, orange, peach, nectarine, plum, lime, lemon, coconut, chili, jalapeno, red onion, spinach, apple, arugula, rocket, green beans, pear, rhubarb, sweet potato, cranberry, bell peppers, carrots, lettuce, scallions, mushrooms, radish, pineapple, quince
Almond, hazelnut, walnut, pecan, pistachio, raisins
Herbs and Spices
Black pepper, cinnamon, sage, basil, thyme, mint, coriander/cilantro, nutmeg, saffron, anise, ginger, allspice, clove
Protein and Dairy
Goat cheese, lamb, pork, tenderloin, foie gras, camembert, cheddar cheese, bacon, chicken, duck, cream, butter, milk, cream cheese, beef, ham, ice cream, sausage, fontina, eggs, egg white, ricotta, chickpeas, mascarpone cheese, crème Fraiche
Chia seeds, vanilla, sugar, brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, vanilla, chocolate (dark, white), amaretto, bourbon, brandy, crème de cassis, Grand Marnier, kirsch, rum, sweet vermouth, red wine, vodka, coffee, granola, rosewater, oats, oatmeal, balsamic vinegar, marshmallows, brown rice, farro, pasta, Armagnac, cassis
Frequently Asked Questions
Black pepper, cinnamon, sage, basil, thyme, mint, coriander/cilantro, nutmeg, saffron, anise, ginger, allspice, clove are the herbs and spices that enhance the flavor profile with cherries.
Goat cheese, cheddar cheese, cream cheese, fontina, ricotta, mascarpone cheese, and crème Fraiche work well with them.
Lamb, pork, tenderloin, foie gras, bacon, chicken, duck, beef, ham, and sausage go well with sweet or tart cherries.
Amaretto, bourbon, brandy, crème de cassis, Grand Marnier, kirsch, rum, sweet vermouth, red wine, vodka, Armagnac, and cassis pairs well with them.
What To Do With Cherries
Here are some recipes that show you how you can enjoy them when the fruit is in season.
You will love this 4 ingredient cherry chia pudding made with almond milk and macerated sweet cherries. It makes a healthy breakfast or mid-day snack or a delicious dessert.
Would you still say that fruit salads are boring? This salad is a combination of all seasonal summer fruits with lemon & maple syrup.
Other Food Pairings
- What Goes Well With Watermelon
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- Flavors To Go With Raspberry
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- Foods To Pair Up With Peaches
- What Goes Well With Asparagus
- What Pairs With Blackberry
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