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Cherries have held a romantic place in our hearts for centuries and are given as highly valued gifts in many countries. Cherries with their deep red colour are extremely good for us with high levels of anti-oxidants, they taste fantastic and make a delicious easy snack.
Cherries require a very cold climate to “set” the fruit and there are only a very few places in WA that get that cold. The great majority of WA cherries come from the Mt Barker and Albany region. Cherries are allowed into WA from certain growing regions in other states such as South Australia and Tasmania which means we have them for a much longer time in summer than we otherwise would be able to.
Recently our quarantine protocols have changed, allowing USA cherries into WA, which means we can also enjoy this beautiful fruit in the middle of winter (which is the summer harvest season in the USA).
The colour of cherries will vary according to variety, however look for full firm fruit with shiny skin. The fruit should have green stems. Avoid cherries that are soft and bruised.
Cherries are sensitive to water, so try to wash them at the last minute prior to serving.
Store them in the coldest part of your refrigerator and should be consumed within 4 days of purchase.
Cherries can also be frozen, pitted, for up to 6 months.
Wash, pat dry with towel and serve!
Try something different this summer, pit and slice some cherries and toss them through your salad and listen for the ooohs and aaahs that result!
Cooking with cherries requires some dedication, mostly to de-pip cherries (and not eat them all before you’re finished!) but there are lots of kitchen gadgets that can assist in this task.
Emerging research suggest that anti-inflammatory components in cherries may promote the repair of muscles that have been damaged by exercise. This effect has been attributed to specific anthocyanins shown to relieve muscle pain and joint soreness associated with inflammation. Cherries are a good source of fiber and vitamin C.
|Nutrient||Value per 100 g|
|Energy, including dietary fibre||250||kJ|
|Available carbohydrate, without sugar alcohols||10.9||g|
|Available carbohydrate, with sugar alcohols||12.9||g|
|Dietary folate equivalents||11||ug|
|Beta carotene equivalents||56||ug|