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Cheering for Cherries

Cheering for Cherries

Cherry - A Favorite Flavor!

Most of the cherries in the U.S. come from Michigan's approximately 35,000 acres of tart cherry trees. Michigan grows almost 75 percent of the tart cherries produced in the U.S. In fact, Traverse City, Michigan is called the Cherry Capital of the World. Sweet cherries are grown in large numbers in Washington.

Choose firm, red cherries with stems, which prolong their shelf life. Avoid cherries that are soft or have brown spots.

Try to keep your cherries out of the sun. As temperatures rise, cherries become limp, and the stems will turn brown and shrivel. Remember, you can freeze cherries in airtight containers for up to one year.

Cherries do not ripen after harvest. They are very perishable, so refrigerate them immediately after purchase. Cherries can be kept fresh in the refrigerator for up to two days.

Cherry Nutrition

Cherries are among the list of fruits containing the highest levels of disease-fighting antioxidants. Cherries contain important nutrients such as beta carotene (19 times as much as blueberries or strawberries!) vitamins C and E, potassium, magnesium, iron, fiber and folate.

Cherries: A Sleep Aid?

Cherries also are a rich source of melatonin, a powerful antioxidant known for regulating the body's natural sleep cycle and helping to promote restful sleep. The cherry fruits are low in cholesterol, fat and sodium. They are also a very good source of fiber and Vitamin C.

Cherries Aid Detox

Cherries contain natural aspirin that helps detoxify inflammation-related substances in the body's tissues and joints. Cherries also contain pectin, which helps to clean up heavy metals, synthetic chemicals disguised as food additives, cholesterol, and buildup in the intestines.

Cherry Nutritional Facts

Cherries

  • Fat free
  • Saturated fat free
  • Sodium free
  • Cholesterol free
  • A good source of fiber

Using Cherries

  • Cherries are one of the most popular fruit and are grown in 20 countries worldwide. Chef's say the best varieties for all cooking and baking needs, are the Montmorency and the Bing. Bings should be a dark purplish color and somewhat firm.
  • Use pitted sweet cherries in yogurt, desserts, or even as a sweet topping for grilled meat.
  • Rinse cherries carefully in cool water before eating.
  • Eat cherries plain or in salads, or use them cooked in pies, tarts, cakes, jellies, jams, preserves, sauces, pickles and candies.
  • Use cherries as a garnish, in toppings, and in sauces for pork, poultry, fish and beef. Always add them last in the cooking process.
  • A bowl of cherries can languish in summer heat and sun. To keep cherries crisp and cool, mix them with ice cubes or crushed ice. Replenish the supply as it melts.

Cooking Tip: To pit several cherries at once, place them in a zip-top bag and roll over them gently with a rolling pin so they split. Remove from the bag, pluck out pits, and enjoy this fruit so rich in antioxidants.

Cherry fruit extract contains antioxidant flavanoids and are used in many tablets and capsules. These capsules are used to support the pH levels of the body.

Cherry Tea

Cherry tea is ablaze with the new season cherry blossoms and the air is filled with sweet aroma. This tea is a flavorful blend of sweet cherries with all natural herbs and flavors. No artificial colors or flavors and available in caffeine-free.

Cherry Juice for Insomnia?

Tart cherry juice just might help you sleep better. In a small study, insomniacs who drank 8 ounces of cherry juice twice a day slept an impressive 84 more minutes per night than they did when given a placebo juice. Previous research has pointed to the cherries naturally occurring hormone melatonin as the key soporific ingredient. Look for juice made from Montmorency tart cherries, which have the highest concentration of melatonin. Source: Experimental Biology 2014 annual meeting.

Cherry Prose: Cherry Ripe

Cherry-ripe, ripe, ripe, I cry, Full and fair ones; come and buy.
If so be you ask me where they do grow, I answer: There,
Where my Julia's lips do smile; There's the land, or cherry-isle,
Whose plantations fully show All the year where cherries grow.

Robert Herrick (1648)

Chocolate and cherries

Chocolate Cherries Jubilee

1/2 cup cherries, pitted
1/2 cup whipped topping
1/4 cup almonds, sliced
2 tablespoons almond liqueur
1 cup fat free chocolate pudding, instant

Preheat oven to 325-degrees. Prepare instant pudding. Toast almonds on baking sheet for 3 to 5 minutes

Fill dessert goblets with 1/4 cup of whipped cream; add 1/4 cup cherries. Add 1 tablespoon almond liqueur and 1/2 cup chocolate pudding to each goblet. Top with toasted almonds and serve.

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