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Cherry Nutrition

Cherries are a great source of potassium and flavonoids. The plant pigment in cherries work with vitamin C to strengthen collagen. Collagen is a fibrous protein in connective tissue. Cherries provide a great source of nutrition for athletes who put a lot of stress and strain on their joints.

Amount in 1 Serving: 1 cup
Calories: 100
Fiber: 3 grams
Fat: 1.5 gram
Protein: 2 grams
A good source of: vitamin C

Types of Cherries

There are more than a thousand varieties of cherries. Some of the most common types of cherries are: Maraschinos, Mascaras, Black, Bing, Rainer, Vans, Lambert, Brooks, Utah Giant, Ticton, Lapins, and Montmorency. Bing is the most popular kind of cherry.

Rainiers are very sweet and can be used as a substitute for Maraschino Cherries. Tartarians are medium in size, purplish black and extremely juicy, excellent for pies, jams, jellies and brandy.

Cherry Picking Tips

If you buy your cherries from a grocery store:

  • Avoid cherries with dark colored stems.
  • Cherries should be firm to the touch but not hard.
  • Look for shiny, firm, plump fruit with fresh stems and unbroken skin.
  • Avoid cherries with wrinkled skin or white spots that indicate mold.
  • Avoid mushy cherries.
  • Avoid moldy cherries.

If you plan on going to a cherry orchard:

  • Wear tennis shoes and comfortable clothing.
  • Cherries do stain so do not wear new clothes to pick cherries.
  • Bring your own containers to take your cherries home. Coolers are a good idea to keep the cherries fresh during the trip home.
  • Bring scissors for cutting the stem off from the spur, leaving the stem on the cherry.

Freezing Tips

  • Whole with stems: Spread cherries with stems intact in a single layer on a baking sheet. Freeze until firm. Pack into freezer-proof containers or plastic freezer bags; remove excess air, cover or fasten tightly and freeze.
  • Dry Sugar Pack: Add 1/3 cup sugar to each pint of pitted or unpitted fresh sweet cherries; toss lightly to coat cherries. Fill freezer containers or bags; shake to pack fruit tightly. Add more cherries to fill containers or bags. Cover tightly and freeze.

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