Califonia Bountiful

Cherry and orange sweet treat

Who knew a recipe this simple could taste so good? Freezing cherries during harvest season—which typically begins by mid-May—allows you to enjoy them year-round and also gives the dish a sorbet-like texture.

Timaree Hagenburger
Nutrition Professor, Cosumnes River College, Sacramento

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4 Clementines or mandarin oranges
1 cup pitted, diced cherries (fresh or frozen)
1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (raw or lightly toasted)


Peel oranges and dice into small pieces, keeping as much juice as possible in the bowl. Combine with cherries and let sit a few minutes to allow flavors to blend. Stir in walnuts just before serving.

Nutrition information (for 1/4 of recipe): 107 calories, 5 g fat, 16 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 2 g protein, 26 mcg folate, 249 mg potassium, 1 mg sodium, 34 mg calcium, 23 mg magnesium.

The Nutrition Professor's Shop Smart, Prep Smart Tips:

  • Once pitted, cherries freeze well in a heavy-duty zip-top bag.
  • Because walnuts are rich in essential fats, they can go rancid when kept at room temperature for an extended time. It is best to store them in the freezer.

Serves 4

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