Thursday, 30. June 2011 5:26
Fourth of July might be the ideal time to celebrate the last of the season’s fresh cherries with a bang.
Those sweet, crunchy orbs come and go all too soon, don’t they?
But Payson Fruit Growers has a way to let you enjoy them all year-round.
Founded in 1964, the farmer-owned business processes tart cherries that are grown on local farms in the Payson, Utah area. Recently, I had a chance to sample some of their products.
Some of the tart Montmorency cherries are turned into Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate ($18 for 1 quart). The thicky, syrupy concentrate is fabulous for adding to smoothies or to pan sauces for duck, pork or chicken.
I stirred two tablespoons into 8-ounces of carbonated water, then garnished with fresh cherries and a rosemary sprig to make a refreshing summer soda. It’s super fruity and not overwhelmingly sour. But if you like it sweeter, you can add a tablespoon or two of simple syrup.