It is National Cherry Cobbler Day!

We’d better make a cobbler to celebrate! Do you know what cobbler is?

Cobbler is a fruit and dough dish that was created by the immigrants that moved to the American Colonies in the late 18th century.1 They were used to making suet puddings in England, but once they moved all the way across the ocean, they didn’t always have the ingredients they used to have in England. They made what they could with what they had, and a cobbler was born!

Cobblers usually have a biscuit or dumpling-style topping over any fruit filling, and can be called a lot of different names: cobbler, pandowdy, grunt, slump, buckle, crisp, or even bird’s nest pudding!2 They might have been called “cobbler” because the top is rough and bumpy like a cobblestone road, but nobody knows for sure.2 These yummy dishes are usually made with whatever fruit is in season, but savory ones exist too; tomato cobbler with cornbread topping has been seen in the American South, and Lamb Cobbler with herb and cheese topping is common in Great Britain still today.1

Small fruit, big nutrition!

Sweet cherries are loaded with carbohydrates for energy, a smidge of protein, and fruity fiber to feed those good bacteria that live in your guts.3 Cherries are also full of a long list of vitamins including: potassium, calcium, vitamin C, choline, beta-carotene, and magnesium.3 What does that mean? It means your immune system gets a bunch of help, your body gets energy to move, and your tongue is happy because cherries taste great!

When is Cherry Season?

Cherries are in season across the United States from May through August, depending on where you live. Utah cherries are grown in orchards all across the state. Some famous places you can go to pick your own cherries include the “Utah’s Fruit Way” orchards along Highway 89 near Brigham City, where you can pick both sweet and tart cherries; orchards along the mountains in Utah County; and the pioneer-planted orchards in Fruita, inside Capitol Reef National Park. Cherry picking is a fun family activity that combines a yummy snack with a little exercise!

Produce sections of most grocery stores will also stock cherries when they are in season, and if they are grown locally, the store will usually highlight the farmers that grew them for you!

Let’s get cooking!

Resources:

  1. https://www.cookingtobeclever.com/difference-between-cobbler-crisp-crumble-betty/
  2. https://whatscookingamerica.net/History/CobblerHistory.htm
  3. https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/1102660/nutrients

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