Peaches, called qua-na, in Cherokee, have been an integral part of Cherokee cooking since at least the 1600's. July is peach season. This simple dessert combines sugar, cinnamon, butter and peaches into caramelized goodness.
Granita, or Italian Ice, is a simple and delicious dessert made with only 4 ingredients. One of them is often the traditional, beloved Cherokee fruit, strawberries. June is strawberry season. Use locally grown strawberries or pick-yourself strawberries for the best flavor. Large supermarket strawberries have only a hint of strawberry flavor and often have a grainy texture because their natural sugar transforms to starch as soon as they are picked.
It doesn't get any better than huckleberries, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg (my mama's secret ingredient), all wrapped in a golden crust. Its a labor of love but well worth it.