Pie for Breakfast

Would you rather swim in the ocean surrounded by hungry sharks or walk barefoot in a field of rattlesnakes? Have two left feet or two left hands? Consume only pie for each meal every day for a month or french fries for the same meals? The last question is a no-brainer for most of my family, who are big "pie for breakfast" advocates. Although fresh baked pies and cobblers from home grown fruit certainly have their place on our summertime tables, I lack the passion they possess to consume them as frequently as humanly possible. This year, I was delighted to find that our sour cherry trees decided to produce a bountiful harvest so I experimented with some less traditional, more savory fare. Our Montmorency and English Morello cherries shine in everything from candy to pork ribs.

In the world of culinary delights, few fruits can match the vibrant tartness and rich flavor of sour cherries. Not only do these crimson jewels make for delectable desserts, preserves and sauces, but they also offer a host of health benefits that might surprise you. Sour cherries are an excellent source of antioxidants, including anthocyanins, quercetin, and vitamin C. These powerful compounds play a crucial role in neutralizing harmful free radicals, thus reducing oxidative stress and inflammation in the body. By incorporating sour cherries into your diet, you can give your immune system a much-needed boost and promote overall cellular health.

They also contribute positively to cardiovascular well-being due to their high levels of potassium, which helps regulate blood pressure. Additionally, the anthocyanins in cherries may improve circulation and reduce the risk of artery plaque formation, thus promoting a healthier heart. 

And If you struggle with getting a good night's sleep as much as I do, consider a fruitful nightcap. Sour cherries are a natural source of the sleep cycle regulating hormone, melatonin. Consuming sour cherry products, such as cherry juice, in the evening may help improve sleep quality and duration, leading to a more restful night.

As we savor the flavors of sour cherries in our favorite dishes, let us also relish the knowledge that we are nourishing our bodies and promoting better health with each delightful bite. Although cherry season has passed, tart cherry juice from your local grocer is a delicious alternative to use for summer entertaining until you can harvest from your own backyard. Enjoy the recipes below (click on the recipe titles) and Bon Appetit!



Sour Cherry Five Spices Lacquered Ribs


Tart cherry gummies


Tart cherry cocktail (or mocktail) for summer gatherings

Nighttime cherry lavender milk