Cherries are one of the most popular fruits in the United States, and it’s easy to see why. They’re naturally sweet, come in a variety of attractive colors and are portable to boot. The seasonality of cherries only adds to their appeal… absence makes the heart grow fonder!
Cherries are very nutritious and are packed with fiber, vitamins and minerals. They also have potent anti-inflammatory properties that may help with symptoms of conditions like arthritis and gout.
Here is a snapshot of the nutrition packed into every cherry:
- Vitamin C: powerful antioxidant known for fighting free radicals and protecting the body against infectious agents
- Potassium: supports heart health and blood pressure, and is important for bone health and muscle strength
- Dietary fiber: key for smooth digestion and controlling blood sugar, fiber may also help prevent certain diseases and impede bad cholesterol
- Polyphenolic compounds: these antioxidant phytonutrients help protect against the negative effects of free radicals
The best way to keep the nutrition in cherries intact is to eat them raw, thus preventing the degradation of nutrients during cooking. Cooked cherries are still very healthful and can be a tasty addition to a balanced diet. Add extra nutrition by combining cherries, cooked or raw, with other fruits, vegetables, pulses and grains.
Here are a few of our favorite summer cherry recipes:
Tahini is used to make a gorgeous creamy dressing. Raw cherries add a burst of sweetness to this summer salad.
Iced tea never tasted this good! Try our ruby red hibiscus tea when cherries are in season and plentiful.
Enjoy this cherry-filled twist on an American classic. Fresh cherries add color and natural sweetness to these chilled shakes.
Cornmeal adds texture and flavor to these morning pancakes topped with fresh cherries. There’s no better way to start the day!
Cherries and almond are a match made in heaven. Our super simple muffin recipe is sure to be a hit with kiddos and adults alike.
Cherries can take pride of place at your next summer barbecue thanks to this smoky barbecue sauce, so fire up the grill!
This old-school dessert features cherries and pears, offering great texture and just the right amount of acidity. Oh, and it’s a cinch to make.
Homemade cherry syrup is the secret ingredient in this original cherry gin and tonic. This drink is best enjoyed with friends on a hot summer’s day.
Black Forest cake gets a makeover in our chilled no-bake recipe with fresh cherries and glorious chocolate.