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Health Reasons to Eat Cherries

Around the country, cherry trees are bearing fruit. From bright red sours to blushing Rainiers and crimson Bings, cherries are a short-season treat that are a boon to your tastebuds and your health.

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25 Ways to Use Cherries

Cherries have started popping up locally, and it’s practically our patriotic duty to devour them. Cherries are a small stone fruit (think peaches and nectarines) that pack a healthful punch. Tart cherries are high in melatonin, which helps you calm down and settle into a deep sleep at night. Tart cherry juice has also been proven to reduce post-workout soreness. Sweet cherries contain lots of antioxidants; the darker the cherry, the more antioxidants it packs in. One cup of sweet cherries contains about the same amount of potassium as a small banana. So get going on these recipes!

Worried about pits? You can get a fancy cherry pitter, but I normally just halve the cherries with a paring knife and then pop out the pits. It’s slow-going work but also oddly therapeutic. Enjoy your cherries with these 25 ideas. In no particular order:

  1. Peaches With Balsamic Cherries (pictured above) — it’s like dessert, but easier to fit into your swimsuit after eating.
  2. Don’t forget to pit the cherries for Emeril’s sweet ice cream topping, Cherries Jubilee.
  3. Alex Guarnaschelli tops lemon sorbet with Sauteed Cherries With Grappa and Almonds.
  4. Nadia G. stews sour cherries with orange bitters for her Cherry Pie Inspired by an “Old Fashioned” Cocktail.
  5. Healthy breakfasts don’t have to mean boring breakfasts; start your day with Cherry Vanilla Oatmeal.

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Sifted: Summer Strawberries, Cherry Soup and Something More


Celebrate the arrival of summer with sweet seasonal produce.

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Just Desserts: Matt’s Cherry Galette


Right from the oven.

This may be the wrong time to make this proclamation but I am not Cherry Pie’s biggest cheerleader. All too often the gloopy, gloppy slices of America’s favorite leaves me wishing for something else.  Of course I want to celebrate summer like everyone else and take advantage of cherry’s all-too-short season and that’s when I turn to cherry pie’s rustic cousin, the free form galette. And to the cherry pie lovers out there, go easy on me! 

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