What's In Season : Australian Cherries

One of the more well known stone fruits in Australia is the cherry. It’s a favourite for many and there are more than 80 varieties grown. That being said,  harvest is limited only to spring and summer, lasting for about 100 days, till end of February. So, cherry-ish it while it’s available! 

Pro Tip On Cherries:-

Here are some simple tips to help you better enjoy your cherries.

1st: Choosing Cherries

Choose cherries with green stems attached. The colour of cherries will vary according to variety, however they should all appear plump with shiny skin. Avoid cherries that are soft and bruised or small and hard.

2nd: Storing Cherries

Ideally, cherries should be consumed within 4 days of purchase, though they last longer with the stem attached. Store cherries, loosely packed, in an airtight container or plastic bag in the fridge. They can be frozen and pitted for up to 6 months.

3rd: Preparation

Fresh cherries can be served intact with stones or pitted, however, the stones should be removed before use in cooking. To remove the stones use a cherry pitter or, using a small sharp knife, cut a slit in one side of the cherry then remove the stone. Most cherries are very juicy, so consider pitting them inside a plastic bag to avoid stains.

Health Benefits of cherries:- 

  1. Fresh cherries are a rich source of certain antioxidants and contain other phytonutrients – plant pigments that have been linked to a variety of health promoting benefits including anti-inflammatory and anti-obesity effects.
  2. Cherries have only 250 kilojoules (60 calories) per 100 grams and contain virtually no fat or cholesterol.
  3. Research suggest that anti-inflammatory components in cherries may promote the repair of muscles that have been damaged by exercise.

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