Cherry Season in PNW

Cherry Season in PNW

8/13/2019  By Jenifer Smith

 

One of the PNW star fruits; the cherry, is starting to close its season for another year. Washington State is one of the top growers for cherries in the U.S. along with Oregon, California and Michigan. This year Washington State produced an estimated 250,000 tons of cherries according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). The west coast states are mostly known for the sweet cherry varieties, while Michigan is known for their tart cherries. Michigan produces about 32,000 acres of tart cherries. While the state only produces about 7,500 acres of sweet cherries.

I was inspired by the season’s harvest to try my hand at making Cherry Dill Pickle Liqueur. Next month, our blend presentation will be based in Europe. I decided to focus my development on Eastern Europe. I thought it would be fun to play around with a sweet and savory flavor profile like Cherry Dill. I mixed up a batch of the liqueur and let it sit for a couple of months. The dill flavor and vodka have mellowed and smoothed out in taste over the last month. I’m hoping to make some kind of sauce with the liqueur. Watch for my update here to see what I develop with it.

Explore our Products section to find a list of some of our cherry juice offerings.