CHERRIES-THAT’S HOW SUMMMER TASTES

What would a summer be without cherries - and who does not associate beautiful fruit memories with this stone fruit? Rightly so - because cherries simply taste delicious. In addition, they are healthy, low in fat and full of vitamins.

VARIETIES, HARVEST TIME AND USE

We distinguish between sweet and sour cherries. The sweet variety is clearly more popular. The sweet cherries are subdivided into the soft-meaty heart cherries and the firm-fleshed cartilage cherries. They vary in size and color from yellow-red to almost black. The sour cherries are divided into morels and amarelles - with also light to dark pulp.

Cherries are harvested from May/June to August and should be eaten quickly because they only last a few days. They stay in the fridge for two to three days, then they turn brown and inedible. Their use is versatile: cherries are made into jam, compote, juice or cake, they can be cooked and thickened to waffles or eaten raw and fresh from the tree. They are always a vitamin boost for the body.

 

THE NUTRIENTS AT A GLANCE

Cherries taste very delicious and still have few calories - 100 grams of sour cherries have just 22 calories; Sweet cherries have 52 calories per 100 grams. There is a lot of health under the skin of the cherries:

  • B vitamins - are important for the energy metabolism and the nervous system
  • C vitamins - support the immune system
  • Folic acid - supports cell division and cell regeneration
  • Iron - is important for blood formation

In addition, cherries are rich in beta-carotene, potassium, calcium and magnesium and contain phytochemicals that boost the immune system.

 

TWO FABLES, WHICH PERSIST STUBBORNLY

The old rumor that cherries and water cause stomach ache has been refuted. At worst, whoever eats too many cherries gets stomach ache, because like every fruit and vegetable, if eaten in large quanitities they cause bloating.

Another rumor relates to the inadvertent ingestion of cherry pits: Allegedly, the nucleus should not be swallowed in any case, as it can get stuck in a bulge of the intestine and cause irritation. This too is nothing but a fable.

 

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT CHERRIES

Before eating, you should carefully wash the cherries in standing water, as the thin skin quickly bursts under the flowing stream of water. The hard, rosin-sized core of the cherries can simply be spat out or otherwise removed. If you collect the cores and wash them off in hot water, you can, for example, sew them into a small pillow. Warmed up in the oven or cooled in the fridge, your cherryshell cushion will provide you with a heat cushion or a cooling bag for painful areas.

 

THIS IS HOW YOU CAN PROCESS CHERRIES

If you do not want to eat fresh cherries all at once, you can freeze or cook them. For this you should first pit the fruits and drain, then put them on a tray and freeze. Then place in a freezer bag and freeze completely. If you thicken the cherries with cornflour while cooking, they will taste great with waffles or vanilla ice cream

 

START THE DAY WITH THE CHERRY FITNESS DRINK!

Cherries are great for processing shakes. Try the following power drink for breakfast:

  • 250 cherries (gutted)
  • 1 banana
  • 250 ml almond milk

Mix everything in a blender - and enjoy. If you like it fresher, you can take buttermilk instead of almond milk and refine the drink with the juice of half a lemon.

July 21, 2016
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