Friday, July 11, 2014

Cherries 101

Cherries are a stone fruit that has been consumed in the Northern Hemisphere since prehistoric times. In the United States, most Cherries are produced in Michigan. The Cherry has a very short growing season. To learn more about Cherries click here

To Store

Cherries are very perishable. Store them in the refrigerator unwashed. Before eating, wash them thoroughly and let them come to room temperature as the flavor is much better. Cherries can also be frozen. To freeze cherries wash, dry, pit and lay them out one layer on a baking sheet. Freeze completely and then store in air tight container in freezer. For more detail on freezing cherries click here.  

To Nourish

Cherries are a great source of both Fiber and Vitamin C. They also contain Phytochemicals like Anthocyanins which have been linked to the reduction of certain diseases like cancer, atherosclerosis, and cardiovascular disease. Click here to learn more about the health benefits of Cherries. 

To Prepare

In addition to being consumed fresh, Cherries can be frozen or dried, made into sauces and desserts such as cherry pie and cobbler. Cherries can be incorporated into savory dishes as well. 

To Try 
Butter Lettuce, Chicken and Cherry Salad
Spinach & Quinoa Salad with Cherries and Almonds
Cucumber and Cherry Salad
Smoky Roasted Cherry Jam
Cherry Cobbler 

To Use

Pitting cherries so the fruit remains whole is child's play with the OXO Cherry & Olive Pitter. Constructed of rugged zinc with a nonslip Santoprene overcoat, the pitter features a splatter guard to keep juice from spraying the unsuspecting cook. ($13, Williams-Sonoma)