cherry picking

by Kristina Sloggett

in cherry season, Portland, summertime, yard & garden

We went cherry picking tonight…

We didn’t have to go very far.

This tree is in our own yard!

We picked two huge bowls and came back inside.

There are cherries for days still on the tree.

What should I make first?


{ 65 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sana July 10, 2012 at 8:08 pm

:) Spitting out the pit is my fav part!


2 spabettie July 10, 2012 at 8:20 pm

we were talking about that tonight – last night on the news there was apparently a “big upset” in the world record Michigan spitting contest. 😀


3 Sana July 10, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Clearly NOTHING is happening in Michigan….


4 spabettie July 10, 2012 at 8:21 pm



5 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) July 10, 2012 at 8:15 pm

I want to make chia jam with fresh cherries…but I ate all my cherries! I need to come to your place!


6 spabettie July 10, 2012 at 8:20 pm

see?? if only we were neighbors…


7 Averie @ Averie Cooks July 10, 2012 at 8:24 pm

I adore them and could eat myself sick…seriously I think they’re my fave fruit!!


8 spabettie July 10, 2012 at 10:02 pm

I know, I would eat one, put one in the bowl, eat one…


9 Ashlae | oh, ladycakes July 10, 2012 at 8:50 pm

I AM SO JEALOUS OF YOU RIGHT NOW. I vote cherry cobbler. You can NEVER go wrong with cobbler. Or pie. Or ice cream.


10 spabettie July 10, 2012 at 10:02 pm

cobbler is always good… ice cream sounds interesting… hmm


11 Sarah July 10, 2012 at 9:38 pm

No way, us too! (we went to an orchard though)

I have a recipe in mind…wanna race? 😉


12 spabettie July 10, 2012 at 10:01 pm

no way! 😀 can’t wait to see what you make!


13 nik July 10, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Oh I do miss backyard cherry trees! We had two when I was a kid and we so looked forward to tree climbing and cherry picking and cherry baking-up-a-storm every year. Always pies, because mom was a pie kinda gal.
I might suggest cherry pop tarts…only better than the store-bought sugared-up variety. Maybe a grown-up version, with a hint of liqueur…Amaretto/almond, Frangelico/hazelnut, Cointreau/orange or PAMA/pomegranate?


14 spabettie July 10, 2012 at 10:01 pm

oh, Nik I love the pop tart idea! I do want to make a pie, perhaps a hand pie / pop tart! Those are always more fun and what I generally make anyway. Having just moved, I miss our SIX blueberry bushes, but this tree was a nice surprise when I started to see cherries! 😀


15 Baker Street July 10, 2012 at 11:07 pm

Yum! They look so delicious! I’d go with a cherry tart!


16 spabettie July 11, 2012 at 9:01 am

I kinda HAVE to do some sort of tart or pie, right? its required.


17 Heather (Where's the Beach) July 11, 2012 at 5:25 am

MMMM, I always thought I hated cherries b/c I just associated them with the maraschinos. I have since seen the light. Maybe a cherry sauce for a savory dish.


18 spabettie July 11, 2012 at 9:00 am

blech, I am with ya on the maraschino hate – that’s just not right.


19 July 11, 2012 at 6:06 am

Pie! My vote is for pie!!!

P.S. – Those are some seriously beautiful cherries – so much prettier than what I buy in the grocery store!


20 spabettie July 11, 2012 at 8:59 am

I know, they are SO pretty – I’m thinking the ones in the store have got to be a different kind, the ones I’ve seen aren’t a deep red, more of a bright orangey red?


21 Allie July 11, 2012 at 6:09 am

Mmm, is “eating plain fresh cherries” a recipe? Because you should totally make that. A lot of that. And then maybe an updated version of a cherry pie? I hate the kind made from the red blobby goo in a can, but I just feel like there’s so much potential there for something fun/unique.


22 spabettie July 11, 2012 at 8:58 am

oh we have totally been doing that – a lot of it. my brother stopped by last night and made a significant dent also! I wanted to make some sort of hand pie or galette – never made one of those.


23 natalie@thesweetslife July 11, 2012 at 7:52 am

oh my gosh i am so jealous!!!

i recommend some cherry salsa—yum!


24 spabettie July 11, 2012 at 8:56 am

oh wow, that is one I had not thought of… YUM.


25 sarah @ sarah learns July 11, 2012 at 8:02 am

soooooo jealous of your cherry tree!

i’m not help with recipe suggestions. i’ve bought POUNDS and POUNDS of cherries this summer and have just snacked away on them raw. they’re so good!


26 spabettie July 11, 2012 at 8:55 am

yep, we’ve made quite a dent doing just that. 😉


27 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning July 11, 2012 at 8:04 am

I’m so jealous- I want a cherry tree in my yard! We had both a sweet and sour tree in my yard growing up, but the birds always ate all of the cherries before we could get to them!
Hmm… what to make… some kind of salad? Combining cherries and cheese? Something savory and unexpected- that’s my vote.
And while you’re at it- a smoothie, a dessert involving chocolate, a pie, a tart, cookies…..


28 spabettie July 11, 2012 at 8:55 am

mmm, yes! I was thinking goat cheese + hazelnuts. spinach. and there WILL be desserts. plural.

there have been a couple birds here and there, but nothing like I expected (our blueberry bushes used to have tons of birds and we’d put up flash tape – classy – which they would ignore!).


29 Jess July 11, 2012 at 8:31 am

OMG I would LOVE to pick cherries!! That is so fun!! LOVE CHERRIES!! And clearly way too excited about your cherry tree, haha 😉


30 spabettie July 11, 2012 at 8:53 am

hee! that’s cool, I am too.


31 Amanda July 11, 2012 at 8:44 am

I am so jealous you have a cherry tree! Every time I drop $10+ on them at the grocery store, I think how one day I really, really want to have my own tree. I don’t even know what I would do if I had unlimited access. haha


32 spabettie July 11, 2012 at 8:53 am

I know Amanda, it’s kind of overwhelming! Jason and I both have so many ideas for them, though… I don’t think we’ll have a problem!


33 Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy July 11, 2012 at 9:03 am

what gorgeous cherries! oh my gosh! they wouldn’t last long enough to make a pie – i’d eat them straight up!


34 spabettie July 11, 2012 at 10:35 pm

I have eaten plenty today… too much. 😀 There are SO many on the tree still… but they are very high and we don’t know how to get them down (Jason found a couple extension type tools, this tree goes above those!) we may have to rent a cherry picker machine, weee!


35 Christina July 11, 2012 at 10:09 am

You should make a ship-able box and send some to me of course! LOL.

Maybe a cherry chutney to go on something savory? Mmm I’m thinking grilled cheese with avo and spicy cherry chutney? I’m literally salivating right now.


36 spabettie July 11, 2012 at 10:32 pm

I was thinking of a chutney – recently talking to my (Hawaiian) dad about his father’s chutney he used to send us… I told Dad I’d recreate it. Grandpa’s didn’t have cherries, but it’s a start!


37 Christina July 12, 2012 at 5:55 am

See! Great minds think alike. I have to figure out the basics of chutney.


38 spabettie July 12, 2012 at 1:55 pm

me too!


39 Eileen July 11, 2012 at 11:00 am

OH MAN, CHERRIES. Are they sweet or tart? Because if they’re tart, then PIE PIE PIE PIE PIE.

I’ve been making schnapps (aka “infused vodka”) with all my backyard plums! You could totally make a cherry schnapps, especially if you have an overabundance dripping all over your backyard. Just fill a jar 2/3 with cherries and cover it with vodka, let steep for a couple months, strain, & drink. Save that fruit!


40 spabettie July 11, 2012 at 10:26 pm

oh wow, I love this vodka turned homemade schnapps idea! I love it a lot! I may have to save some for this… I may get up from my desk and do this NOW.


41 Stephanie July 11, 2012 at 11:49 am

You should make a road trip to Calgary to share you bounty and enjoy Stampede!!! 😀


42 spabettie July 11, 2012 at 10:25 pm

I know I should! I have another friend talking about it… are you near there? Do you know Leanne? (< -- link)


43 spabettiemom July 11, 2012 at 1:49 pm

OMG!!!!….you all have a cherry tree….when can we come over???? you best save some for your mama…yeh….


44 spabettie July 11, 2012 at 10:18 pm

Mom you better get here soon, we are eating them all… wait until you see tomorrows post – it’s a dessert fit for spabettie mom! XXO


45 jobo July 11, 2012 at 2:05 pm

OMG your OWN cherry tree??? I would die. Seriously. I LOVE cherries!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Send me some! heehee


46 spabettie July 11, 2012 at 10:17 pm

I know I know I know!! yeeee I am so excited. you should hear the list of things Jason and I are planning. I ate way too many today.


47 Lynn F July 11, 2012 at 8:48 pm

pit them and freeze! Just do that all summer for all year goodness…I am a huge fan of the black cherry smoothie! I like the ice cream idea too! 😛


48 spabettie July 11, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Lynn I have been pitting all afternoon and evening! my hands are red! you need to come help me! I will pay you in cherries (and stuffed jalapenos).


49 Maddy July 11, 2012 at 10:02 pm

At the bakery I work at, we made cherry lemonade sweetened with agave and oh my goodness, one of the best things I’ve ever had!


50 spabettie July 11, 2012 at 10:15 pm

Maddy you had me at “bakery I work at” – you have my dream job. 😀 I may have some cherry limeade popsicles in the freezer right now… 😉


51 Maddy July 12, 2012 at 9:41 pm

haha! And did I mention it’s the ever famous gluten free-vegan bakery, Babycakes? :) Those popsicles sound delicious!


52 spabettie July 12, 2012 at 9:51 pm

Maddy now I am severely GREEN with envy! you lucky lucky thing!


53 STUFT Mama July 12, 2012 at 12:04 am

What what what? You have cherries in your back yard? I am beyond jealous!!


54 spabettie July 12, 2012 at 2:04 pm

I was so happy when the fruit started to appear… especially because I was missing my blueberry bushes at the old house! 😀


55 Natasha July 12, 2012 at 4:37 am

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I have always wanted a cherry tree….le sigh. Tres jealous…
how are you? grand I see! :)
Ok – down to it….How about a Cherry Jam infused with fresh Basil (just hold your pooch over the jars and that should do the trick! ;)). Cherries Julilee? Cherry Ice Cream, Dehydrated Cherries for making homemade larabars…the list is endless my friend…endless!
Hugs and hope you get Basil as sister soon!
– Natasha


56 spabettie July 12, 2012 at 2:03 pm


Basil infused cherry jam? I am picturing me waving B-Pup back and forth over the pot… 😉 I dehydrated some already, there are some in the freezer (some to save for later, some in the form of a sorbet!), oh the possibilities!

sending you big loves – hope your summer is going fantastically! XO


57 Geanna July 12, 2012 at 8:59 am

Pie!!! Or dip them in chocolate!! Or I’ll eat them for you! :)


58 spabettie July 12, 2012 at 1:46 pm

did you see the next post? it involves dark chocolate… 😀


59 Kath (My Funny Little Life) July 13, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Aww, love this! I went cherry picking as a child, every summer. You could eat as much as you wanted during picking and only had to pay what you carried away outside of your stomach. Can you imagine how stuffed with cherries I always was? 😀 I also enjoy cherry pit long spitting, although I was never really good at it. It was great fun nevertheless, and I always hoped it would make cherry trees grow everywhere. :)


60 spabettie July 15, 2012 at 9:50 pm

I am not good at the pit spitting either, but you are right, it IS fun! 😉


61 July 14, 2012 at 2:15 pm

I just finished making come cherry almond jam from the bounty of cherries my neighbors shared with us.


62 spabettie July 15, 2012 at 9:46 pm

I thought about jam… sounds so good. I think I will try a chutney…


63 kristy @ gastronomical sovereignty July 17, 2012 at 2:50 pm

holy crap! i’m so envious of you right now. my parents have a cherry tree in their yard too – lucky bitches 😉 i suggest making some bourbon soaked cherries. of course.

thank you for sharing with us at the Fresh Foods Blog Hop – we hope to see you again this week!


64 spabettie July 17, 2012 at 7:22 pm

Mmm, bourbon soaked cherries sound GOOD.


65 Johnna July 24, 2012 at 6:35 am

lucky! can I come over and pick some!?


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