Pears are wonderful in the summer! Their refreshing juiciness and crisp texture make them an ideal snack on a hot day. Pears can also be used in a variety of recipes that are perfect for the warmer months as well as backyard barbecues and family gatherings. Here are our favorite pear recipes for summer: Pear cucumber gazpacho Chilled and refreshing, this savory cold pear and cucumber soup is just the ticket. Make a big batch and impress the crowd at your next barbecue! Frozen pear Bellini Delicious and icy cold, you’ll want more than one of these gorgeous frozen pear Bellinis. Here’s a little [...]
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Recipe Development and Photography By: Annessa Chumbley, RD INGREDIENTS 1 cup soft dates (this is about 14 - 16 dates) 1/2 cup natural peanut butter 1 egg 1/2 cup unsweetened nut milk 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1 1/4 cup quick cooking oats 1 Rockit® apple, skin left on and diced 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 tablespoon sweetener (such as honey or coconut sugar) 1/4 cup nuts (peanuts or almonds), roughly chopped METHOD Preheat oven to 350º. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. In a food processor, add dates (make sure there are no pits that ended up in any of those [...]
Nothing beats a refreshing cocktail on a hot summer day! Our frozen pear Bellini makes the most of beautifully ripe summer pears to tickle your taste buds. The recipe makes two cocktails but is easy to scale up if you’re serving a crowd. It’s simple to make and guaranteed to wow your guests. Recipe Development and Photography: Williams-Raines YIELD: 2 drinks INGREDIENTS For the drinks 2 ripe pears, peeled, cored and quartered 1 teaspoon sugar 1/2 cup home pressed pear juice (or substitute store-bought pear nectar or apple juice) Sparkling wine or ginger ale Optional garnish Pear slices (use our kitchen hack to keep [...]
People forget that you can freeze and store cherries simply and easily! Our farmers have worked hard this season to produce a bountiful cherry crop and Chelan Fresh cherries are readily available for at least one more month! The cherries this season are big and sweeter than ever! Now is the time to buy those cherries and continue to enjoy them immediately or freeze some for later this fall. Contact your Chelan Fresh sales representative to ensure your cherry program lasts well into August. 509-682-4252. Here are a few tips for freezing cherries. Steps to freeze and store cherries: Purchase extra quantities [...]
This sophisticated, sweet and savory dip is great for cocktail parties (not to mention so easy to make!). Red Anjou pears are versatile and can be used like other pear varieties. They have a firm texture that holds its shape well and a great balance of sweet and tart. Pears and goat cheese are a beautiful combination. You’re in for a treat! Recipe Development and Photography: Williams-Raines YIELD: 6 appetizer-sized portions INGREDIENTS 1/4 cup dried apricots (about 8 apricots), plus extra for garnish Juice of 1/2 a lemon 3 Red Anjou pears 8 oz goat cheese, at room temperature 4 oz cream [...]
Late Season Cherry Availability Still Strong August is here, but the northern district of Central Washington Cherry Season continues to produce a very good volume of high-quality cherries. Tim Evans, Sales Director at Chelan Fresh remarked “the cherries that are coming off the tree now eat as well as we can remember and are definitely larger than normal.” These cherries are not just large, but really a jumbo size with the majority of the crop peaking on a 9 row cherry and larger. The Chelan Fresh growers are continuing to produce consistent daily volume for the next 10 days. According to [...]
Welcome to our summer cherry recipes guide! Summer heat means two things: outdoor gatherings and cherry season! Cherries are only around for a few months so make them the star of your next picnic, barbecue or outdoor cocktail party. Cherries are very healthy and can be used to make drinks or refreshing snacks. They are also pair beautifully with cheese (click to access our pairing how-to). To get you started, here are some of our favorite summer cherry recipes: https://www.chelanfresh.com/how-to-pair-cherries-with-cheese/ Drinks Orondo Ruby® Cherry and Peach Sangria Orondo Ruby® Cherry Gin and Tonic Cherry vanilla and ginger float Cherry basil hibiscus [...]
Cherries love nothing more than to accompany a beautiful cheeseboard. Their sweetness and juiciness contrast beautifully with many types of cheeses, and their bright hues add a pop of color. There are many ways to enjoy cherries with cheese: raw, pickled, cooked in a jam, tossed in a salad, etc. The possibilities really are endless, so have fun with it. Here is a guide for which cheeses pair well with cherries: Hard/salty cheeses: Cherries add a healthy dose of freshness to aged and salty cheeses. Try them with aged gouda, cheddar, manchego, pecorino, asiago, or gruyere. Soft/salty cheeses: Say hello to cherries [...]
Make your dinner night special add fresh cherries from Lake Chelan to your steak in this yummy pan sauce! Pan sauces are an easy way to make any weeknight dinner special, not to mention delicious! Here, steaks are coated with cracked peppercorns and seared in a hot pan, creating a piquant crust while retaining the juices within. A simple deglazing and a handful of sweet dried cherries come together to finish these steaks with bold and complex flavor. Yield: 4 servings INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons black peppercorns 4 – 6 ounce top sirloin steaks Kosher salt 2 tablespoons canola oil ½ cup [...]
Mid-Season Cherry Forecast As mid-July approaches, Chelan Fresh is at the peak of our cherry harvest. With some of our largest producing orchards situated in the northern part of Central Washington and at higher elevations, our cherry orchards hit their peak both in both volume and fruit size. According to Sales Manager Tim Evans, “We continue to pick some of the best eating, and larger than normal cherries as we move into mid-July. Our fruit continues to peak on 9.5 row and larger and the summer weather to date has been slightly cooler, creating one of the best eating cherry crops in recent memory. US [...]