If you were to open my refrigerator at any given time, you’d find pickled onions, kim chee, takuan (pickled daikon or radish) and ume (Japanese pickled plums). There are some things, like stew or curry, that just need a pickled side dish. They add an extra dimension of flavor that if missing would have you scratching your head trying to figure out what you left out.
The tradition of canning and pickling produce is centuries old and there are tons of recipes to follow out there. While browsing the web I came across an interesting article describing 5 Unusual Ways to Preserve Cherries. Although cherries are not native to Hawaii, dried cherries can be found at just about every crack seed store. They're also used in many Prune Mui recipes, adding just the right amount of sour.
The article also made an interesting claim, “Crack seed is a good snack after exercise to restore salt lost from perspiration and reduce muscle cramps.” Can you believe that? Now after a good aerobic session we all have an excuse to eat our favorite snacks!