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Well it’s here! CHERRIES! Cherry season has begun – they are ready from now until early August in the Central Okanagan. So what types of cherries are grown in the Okanagan?

Click HERE-Types of Cherries

And where do you pick them? There are several U-pick orchards in Kelowna  – Arndt Orchards  is a popular one – click on the name to be taken to their web page with directions and opening times.

Corral Beach Farms

is another popular place to find cherries or there is KEMPF Orchards  Visit their web sites to check on times and all sorts of information

What do you do with your cherries? Lots of recipes online but here are some of our favourites

FRESH CHERRY SLICE WITH OKANAGAN BING CHERRIES

 Cook Time 45 minutes
 Total Time 1 hour
 Servings 12 -15
 Author Jennifer Schell

Ingredients

Ingredients for the Crust:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar

Ingredients for the Filling:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp . baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh local cherries , pitted and quartered
  • 1/2 tsp . vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp . salt
  • 1 cup local walnuts , chopped

Instructions

Instructions for the Crust:

  1. Cut 1/2 cup butter into 1 cup flour mixed with 2 tbsp icing sugar
  2. Press into 9×9 pan and bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes
  3. Set Aside

Instructions for the Filling:

  1. Combine eggs, sugar, flour and baking powder
  2. Add cherries, vanilla, salt, walnuts
  3. Spread mixture atop crust; bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Recipe Notes

To double recipe use 9×13 pan

or for you Martha Stewart fans we have this link to some of her fantastic cherry recipes Martha’s Best Cherry Recipes

here is a great recipe for those that are gluten intolerant – Cherry Blossom Cake Recipe

For a history of how cherries have been harvested in the Okanagan, you can visit the Okanagan Wine and Orchard Museum  or for those who are visiting from afar there are designated cherry tours that you can take Okanagan Valley Fruit Stands click on these links to get more information on how you can embrace cherry season right here!

And of course you can’t miss Mike & Lizzy;s Cherry U-Pick that is right on Lakeshore Road – at 4801 Lakeshore Place to be exact – you can grab a bucket and pick cherries like they have done for generations! Established in 1948 this orchard has some of the most beautiful lake views in town – it’s a great place to take out of town guests or just enjoy an afternoon with the family.

What ever you decide to do – enjoy the cherries – they won’t last long – then we are on to the PEACHES! Yummmmmmm

Thanks for coming back & reading our blog

see you next time

Shannon & Tamara Stone

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