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May 24, 2014
Cherries

Cherries are the first stone fruit of the warm weather season and are usually best between May and June. When buying/picking cherries, choose the ones that are plump, and have a deep uniform color. Fresh cherries should be clean, bright, and shiny with no blemishes. Cherries are one of my favorite fruits and I recall as a child climbing the cherry tree in our back yard and not coming down until I had my fill. Cherries are nutritionally very sound full of vitamins and anti-inflammatory properties. I love the big black bing cherries the best, but cherries do come in different shades and intensity of sweetness and color. Good cherries should be firm, although if you like sour cherries, they are a bit softer. The darker the color the sweeter the cherry. Eating fresh cherries is what I love, but I also love them poached with some honey to eat as is, in the morning with yogurt or make a Vanilla Cherry Sundae. Try to avoid cherries with cuts, bruises, or stale, dry stems. Store cherries unwashed in a plastic bag in the refrigerator and wash just before eating.