Today, July 11, is National Rainier Cherry Day!
Growing up, we had a cherry tree, and I recall summers spent picking cherries off that tree. Cherries make such sweet, simple, fresh summer snacks. Rainier cherries from the Pacific Northwest are particularly known for their sweetness and flavor.
Restaurants across the United States celebrate
In celebration of National Rainier Cherry Day, Portland’s Paley’s Place has been hand-picked as the Oregon restaurant to participate in the nationwide Tree to Table campaign. As part of this campaign, Paley’s Place, along with one restaurant in each state, will feature a delicious Rainier cherry-based dish on the menu to celebrate National Rainier Cherry Day.
Paley’s Place has long been a Portland favorite — a great restaurant to take out-of-town guests visiting for the summer. Be sure to check out the Paley’s Place special cherry dish on their menu!
Did you know?
In addition to being tasty treats, did you know that Rainier cherries are also known for helping to prevent serious illness and diseases? They are also known to help regulate ailments such as Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, diabetes and more.
You can learn more about the national celebration at www.nwcherries.com/
In honor of National Rainier Cherry Day, I’m delighted to share this delicious cherry recipe from NW Cherries.
Recipe courtesy of NW Cherries
Makes 6 servings
• 1/2 cup chopped onion
• 1 clove garlic, minced
• 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
• 1 can (14 oz.) chicken broth
• 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
• 2 tablespoons chopped Anaheim pepper
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
• 2 cups pitted Northwest fresh sweet cherries
• 8 ounces small cooked peeled shrimp
• 1/4 cup chopped parsley
• Prepared salsa, optional
Sauté onion and garlic in oil; add broth, quinoa, Anaheim pepper, salt and ground pepper. Bring
mixture to boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 12 to 18 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed.
Fluff mixture with a fork and gently stir in cherries, shrimp and parsley. Serve with salsa, if