After a disappointing start to the summer, the recent heatwave has lead to a boom in cherry crops, with growers reporting a massive yield of the stone fruit.

In response, Tesco has ordered an extra 115 tonnes to stop the glut going to waste, with supplies arriving in supermarkets imminently.

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Looking forward to tucking into the juicy fruits? Here are some interesting ideas for how to enjoy cherries, that go beyond just jam and Bakewell tart…

1. Pickled

A jar of pickled cherries
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Preserved in vinegar, pickled cherries are tangy and delicious, perfect for serving with cheese and biscuits, cured meats or roast pork.

2. Wrapped in bacon

 
 
 
 
 
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A fruity alternative to pigs in blankets, bacon and cherry bites are a sweet-meets-savoury canapé creation, and they’re gluten free too.

3. Folded into calzone

 
 
 
 
 
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Inspired by the folded pizza, sweet and creamy cherry calzones are filled with red cherries, cream cheese and sliced almonds.

4. As a marshmallow flavouring

 
 
 
 
 
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Using agar agar powder instead of gelatin, these vegan cherry marshmallows are a rich pink colour and have a delicious fruity flavour.

5. In a bottle of cherry wine

 
 
 
 
 
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One for the grown-ups (and the home brewers) you can make your own boozy cherry wine if you’ve got the right equipment – and the patience to wait six months for the fermentation process to finish.

6. Added to s’mores

 
 
 
 
 
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Take the classic campfire confection to the next level by sandwiching graham crackers with roasted cherries (or a spoonful of jam), marshmallows and chocolate, to create cherry s’mores.

Best-selling cherry pitters

Check out our list of best-selling Amazon products!

SaleBestseller No. 1
OXO Good Grips Cherry & Olive Pitter - Black
  • Splatter Shield protects work area from juices and removes for cleaning
  • Sturdy, die-cast zinc construction removes pits with ease
  • Soft, comfortable non-slip handles absorb pressure
Bestseller No. 2
MEETOZ Kitchen Gadget Stainless Steel Zigzag Blades Cherry Pitter - 6 Cherries
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MEETOZ Kitchen Gadget Stainless Steel Zigzag Blades Cherry Pitter - 6 Cherries
  • Pits up to 6 cherries in a single motion
  • DIY Hands stay mess-free with the removable base that catches pits and juice
  • Non-Skid base keeps the pitter stable, while zinc prongs push pits through
Bestseller No. 3
Westmark Cherry Pitter, Length: 14 cm, Aluminium, Kernex, Silver, 40002260
  • Cherry stone remover for easy and effortless pitting of cherries, Made of sturdy aluminium with special food-safe coating
  • Easy, one-handed operation thanks to simple pressure system, Clean and fast removal of pits with star-shaped pestle, Also suitable for fruit with stems - simply insert with stem facing downwards
  • Plier-style handle for comfortable and secure hold, Slim dimensions for easy storage in any kitchen drawer
Bestseller No. 4
Faringdon 16cm Cherry Pitter
  • Removes stones from cherries
  • Metal
  • 16cm Length
Bestseller No. 5
KitchenCraft KCHECP Healthy Eating 1-Press Cherry Pitter / Olive Stoner – White / Red, 14 x 8.5 x...
  • Remove pesky stones from cherries and olives in seconds. No mess, no fiddliness!
  • Clever countertop design means it de-stones in 1 easy action. It's as easy as using a rubber stamp!
  • Pits and stones drop into a container for easy disposal and 100% mess-free operation. It can hold up to 30 stones

Last update on 2021-09-20 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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