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Cherry Facts and Tips

Contributed by: Angela Billings

Below are some helpful tips, facts and a recipe about those delicious cherries that will be ripe on the tree before you know it.

  • Look for a supple exterior and a bright color. Keep them dry and discard any crushed fruit.

  • Avoid cherries with blemishes, rotted or mushy skins, or those that appear either hard and light-colored or soft, shriveled, and dull.

  • Look for cherries that are plump with firm, smooth, and brightly colored skins. *Good quality cherries should have green stems attached.

  • Cherries do not ripen further after harvest.

  • Cherries bruise easily; handle with care.

  • Both the sweet and sour types should be refrigerated as soon as possible, although the sweets are more durable. Chilling not only preserves, but also seems to improve the flavor.

  • Raw sweet cherries: 1 cup contains 81 calories, and is a source of Vitamin C and potassium.

  • Rinse in cool water and drain, in a single layer, on paper towel.

  • Both sweet and sour can be made into jams, preserves or brandied.

  • Rich in bio-flavonoids and ellagic acid. Studies show cherries to be a good source of antioxidants and darker cherries will have higher levels than red/yellow ones.

  • Fat-free, Saturated fat-free, Sodium-free,Cholesterol-free, A good source of fiber.
A Quick Cherry Snack Recipe

  • 1 cup dried tart cherries
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1 cup smoked almonds
  • 1 cup honey roasted peanuts

Mix all together for a great snack.

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Angela Billings is a stay at home wife and mother who publishes an online newsletter Home and Family Ezine. http://www.homeandfamilyezine.com


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