Cherries and Cherry Recipes
Is there anyone who doesn't know it's cherry season? Walking into the farmers' market last weekend, I saw a herd of people crowding around one small booth. "What are they selling?" As I approached, I saw the pretty white bags brimming over with bright, little, red fruits.
Since cherries are too fragile and perishable to import, they are one of the few fruits that are truly "seasonal". The growing season for cherries is a short one as well - they're only really good from June through late July. This makes cherries an awfully nostalgic summertime fruit, and enthusiasm is always high.
Cherry Coconut Clafouti
Spinach and Smoked Turkey Salad with Fresh Cherries
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On a nutritional level, cherries, especially the sour varieties, are alkalizing in nature are known to reduce acids in the body. They have significant levels of vitamin C and the B vitamins, as well as minerals to help us get through these hot summer days. Their bright red color indicates that they are exploding with beta-carotene, which turns to vitamin A in the body.
You'll find only a few varieties of cherries available at the markets: Bings and lamberts have the dark, mohogany-colored skins - bings are the big ones, lamberts are the small, heart-shaped ones. Both have a sweet, rich flavor and make them the most popular at the markets. But don't pass over the rainiers; they're my favorite. Rainiers have a marbled skin that consumers pass on as unripe. They have a delicate, sweet flavor and may be perfect for kids or adults who turn their noses up at the overpowering cherry-ness of the other varieties.
Cherry trees are high on the list for sprayed fruits. Buy organic if you can.
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