Rainier cherries have yellow flesh with a red blush and are crisp and delicately sweet. They are also known as the “white cherry.” This variety was developed in Washington and named after Mount Rainier.
Of course, these cherries make for a perfect out of hand snack. They’re also great for all types of desserts. Sage, verbena, chives, fresh cheese, and almonds are complementary flavors for Rainier cherries. Sweet flavor pairings include apricots, plums, berries, cinnamon, nutmeg, and dark chocolate.
Store your cherries with stems attached, unwashed, in a plastic bag in the refrigerator, or wrapped in a kitchen towel in the crisper drawer of the fridge. Wait to wash and pit the cherries until you’re ready to use them.
Cherries freeze well. If you plan to use your cherries within a month to two weeks, it’s fine to leave the pit in and freeze them whole. If you won’t be using the fruit until much later, pit the cherries first so the pit will not affect the flavor in the freezer.