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Cherries from Chile

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Jan 8th, 2015

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NUTRITION

Fresh Cherries from Chile are available from November through January in supermarkets throughout the United States and Canada, providing one of summer’s favorite super foods during the winter.
Everyone knows that fresh cherries are sweet and delicious. Less well known are the nutrition and other health benefits offered by these wondrous little fruits.

With fewer than 100 calories per cup, fresh cherries are a satisfying low-calorie snack full of B-vitamins like thiamin, riboflavin and B6.
Cherries rival bananas as an excellent source of potassium, which helps lower blood pressure by getting rid of the excess sodium in the bloodstream.
Trouble sleeping? Melatonin in tart cherries is a natural sleep aid.

What’s more, cherries are rich in cancer-fighting antioxidants (the cyanidin in cherries is a flavonoid from the anthocyanin group that helps keep cancerous cells from growing out of
control; the deeper the pigment, the more anthocyanins). WebMD even includes cherries in its “24 Foods that can Save Your Heart”.

Though further studies are needed, a 2012 Boston University study linked cherry consumption with gout-fighting properties.
Patients who consumed cherries within 48 hours of a gout attack cut their risk of recurrence by 35%.
Just a couple of cups of cherries reduce uric acid by as much as 15%, providing relief to those who suffer from gout and some forms of arthritis.

STORAGE & USAGE TIPS

  • Store cherries in a plastic bag, unwashed, in the refrigerator. Before eating, let them warm to room temperature to bring out their full flavor; wash just before eating. Enjoy fresh cherries within three or four days of purchase.
  • Cherries freeze well. Rinse first, pack them in a plastic freezer bags, then pop them in the freezer. When ready to use, serve cherries partially frozen for best flavor and texture.
  • Cherries combine well in dishes both sweet and savory. When pairing cherries with meats, add some black pepper to enhance flavor. Sweet cream, ricotta cheese and mascarpone also compliment cherries, as do the herbs sage, chives and verbena.
    Brighten cherry flavor with a dash of pure almond extract.
  • Fresh cherries can cause a blue coloration in certain baked goods, due to a natural chemical reaction with alkalines (baking powder or baking soda). Substitute sour cream or buttermilk for milk in the recipe or add an acidic liquid such as lemon juice.

 


RECIPES

Cherry Berry Parfait

IngredientsCherryBerryParfait
1 cup fresh sweet Chilean cherries
1 cup fresh Chilean blueberries
1 cup chopped fresh or canned
pineapple
1 cup low-fat vanilla or lemon yogurt
1 medium sliced banana
1/3 cup chopped dates
1/4 cup sliced, toasted almonds

Instructions
Set aside 4 whole Chilean cherries.
Remove the pits and slice the remaining
cherries in half. In tall or stemmed
glasses, layer the cherries, pineapple,
yogurt, banana and dates. Sprinkle the
almonds on top and garnish with a
whole, sweet cherry.

Serves 4


Cherry Berry Crisp

Ingredients

FILLINGCherryBerryCrisp
2 cups Chilean cherries
2 cups Chilean blueberries
2 cups raspberries
2 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon Chilean lemon juice
TOPPING
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup oats
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4-1/2 tablespoon chilled butter
Instructions
For the filling, combine cherries, blueberries, raspberries, brown sugar, all-purpose
flour, and lemon juice in a baking dish.
For the topping, mix 1/3 cup all-purpose flour, brown sugar, oats, ground cinnamon,
and chilled butter cut in pieces in the food processor. Pour over fruit mixture in
dish. Bake for 30 minutes at 375° or until bubbly.

 

 

For more information and more recipes visit: www.fruitsfromchile.com

One Response to Cherries from Chile

  1. Alec Tourigny 05/10/2017 at 2:44 am

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