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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Sweet Cherries

Sweet Cherries
One of the ways I measure the arrival of summer is by the arrival of sweet cherries in local grocery stores.

When selecting sweet cherries, they often are placed in bags. Look for a bag that contains shiny, firm fruit and green stems attached.  Avoid soft cherries with bruises or blemishes.

When you get cherries home from the grocery store, store them unwashed and uncovered in the coldest part of the refrigerator.  Use them quickly.  Avoid storing them near strong smelling foods like onions as the cherries can absorb these odors which can alter the flavor.

The time to wash cherries is when you are ready to use them.  I put them in a colander and rinse them off well. In addition to eating them fresh, they can be used in savory dishes such as a chutney made with sweet cherries. They can be eaten as is, put in desserts or served as a topping for ice cream.  When removing the pit, a cherry pitter works well. These can be purchased on-line or at a kitchen store. A large paper clip also works well.

In addition to tasting great, cherries are good for you.  One cup contains 90 calories and provides antioxidants along with potassium, fiber and vitamin C. 

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