Cherries grow in many parts of the world. In the Caribbean, it is not uncommon to find a cherry tree (cerise) in someone’s backyard. When juiced, this healthy fruit is the perfect beverage for breakfast or lunch.
When to Buy this wonderful fruit
Depending on where in the world you are, cherry harvesting begins at different times. In the United States, the first harvest usually starts in southern California at the end of April. Harvesting from south to north means that cherry season can last anywhere from then to around late August. Although it would be good to buy cherries during this time, the cherry season tends to peak during summer months, so this would be the best time to buy and use cherries in your food!
Cherries have plenty of health benefits for those looking to stay healthy while enjoying delicious fruit like these! Tart cherries in particular have high levels of disease-fighting antioxidants, and are high in vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, iron, fiber, and more! Evidence also links to cherries to lowering the risk to things like heart disease.
Types of Cherries, How to Buy Them, and What They’re Good For
- Bing cherries are the most common and well-known cherries to buy. The darker the color of the cherries, the sweeter it is.
- Rainer cherries are another common cherry, and while these are sweet they aren’t as sweet as bing cherries.
- Royal Anne cherries look similar to Rainer cherries, however, the biggest difference is their tart flavor. These are most well known as the cherries used to make Maraschino cherries.
- Montmorency cherries are sour and can be used to make things like trail mix and different pastries.
- Morello cherries lack sweetness, and more commonly known as “pie cherries” because they are frequently used in a cherry pie!
There are many other types of cherries, these are only the most common types! Fruits, in general, are essential to our health, so make sure you always include them in your diet. As recommended by the USDA, 5 – 9 servings of fruits and vegetables are a good way to stay healthy and reduce our sugar intake. This is equivalent to 1 – 2 cups of fruits daily.
Looking for recipes with cherries? Try these.