Cherries and cheese
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:
Cherries add a healthy dose of freshness to aged and salty cheeses. Try them with aged gouda, cheddar, manchego, pecorino, asiago, or gruyere.
Say hello to cherries and velvety or crumbly cheeses with a salty kick. Top picks include feta and goat cheese (try different varieties to find your favorite!).
Cherries give the following smooth cheeses a bright pick-me-up: camembert, brie, cream cheese, ricotta, and buffalo mozzarella.
Yes, versatile cherries can even be married with tangy blue cheese! Pair them with gorgonzola, roquefort, stilton or Maytag Blue cheese.
Non-dairy cheeses and spreads:
There have never been this many tasty vegan “cheese” options available on the market. Cherries taste great with nut-based products like those made by Kite Hill, Miyoko’s and Treeline.
Here are our favorite cherry and cheese recipes:
Pickled cherries (pictured above)
These quick pickled cherries make a wonderful topping for little toasts with camembert or brie. Highly addictive!
Our ultra-fresh summer bites marry crunchy cucumber, sweet Orondo Ruby® cherries and salty feta cheese crumbles.
The creamy swirl in these cherry brownies adds decadence and originality to this otherwise simple recipe.
Crumbled goat cheese gives this fresh summer salad depth and a touch of salt. Perfect as a summer barbecue side.
Apples, cheese and wine
When it comes to apples, cheese and wine, three is not a crowd! This playful trio offers a world of possibility and can be the star of your next get together.
All the varieties of apple, types of cheese, and choices of wine can make your head spin, so we’ve created a guide to help you pair cheese and wine with three of our favorite and most original apples: KORU®, SugarBee® and Rockit®.
(And for a decadent double-dose of apple, add our KORU® Apple Chutney laced with deep balsamic flavor to elevate any cheese and apple tasting platter.)
KORU® cheese and wine pairings
KORU® apples are crisp, sweet and juicy with complex aromatic honey flavors. These qualities make it ideal for snacks, baking, and beverages. It’s also wonderful used raw in fresh salads.
KORU® is a natural choice for cheese pairings where it plays best with salty goat and ewe’s milk cheeses like feta, Humboldt Fog or Pecorino. Pair your KORU® and cheese tasting with a crisp off-dry Gewürztraminer or Riesling that will balance well with the salty cheeses.
Rockit® cheese and wine pairings
Rockit® apples are miniature apples with a crunchy, sweet and delicious taste. They have just the right balance of sweetness and acidity to make a perfect on-the-go-snack. This also makes them great apples for baking and cooking.
Why not make a cheese and apple tasting for the whole family by pairing Rockit® apples with kid-friendly cheeses like Babybel, string cheese, cream cheese and mild cheddar? Mom and dad can pair theirs with a crisp dry Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay to complement the selection of mild and creamy cheeses.
SugarBee® cheese and wine pairings
SugarBee® apples are juicy and aromatic with just the right amount of sweetness. This versatile apple variety works beautifully in baked sweet or savory recipes but is just as charming consumed raw.
Stronger firm and semi-firm cheeses like smoked gouda, sharp cheddar or aged mimolette contrast with the sweet snap of SugarBee® apples. Pair this combo with a big bold wine, like a Cabernet Sauvignon, that will hold its own against the strong cheeses.