Kitchen. Cherry season is in full swing!

One fruit, varieties

True little treasures of the orchard, cherries are one of the most popular fruits in France. There are many varieties characterized from mid-May to mid-July, divided into two main categories.

Sweet cherries: these are the ones that we most commonly find on market stalls. Their sweet, tender and fragrant chair earns them a prominent place among table fruits. They are generally eaten fresh, but they can also be used in baking (clafoutis, pies, muffins, etc.). This category of cherries includes not only cherries but also guignes with soft, red and very sweet flesh which make excellent jams. Among the cherries, we find burlats, large early purple cherries, from the end of May. Napoleons, cherries of carmine color on a pale yellow background, have white and firm flesh. Of excellent taste quality, they are harvested until mid-July.

Tart cherries: Morello cherries and montmorency cherries belong to this category of cherries intended mainly for the preparation of preserves, jams or brandied cherries.


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The color of the cherries can in no way be a criterion of choice since some are very pale and others very colorful. On the other hand, the green color of their peduncle will be a guarantee of freshness. Choose fleshy, firm and shiny fruits with neither wilted nor cracked skin.

Cherries are fragile fruits that may not keep for more than two days at room temperature. If you put them in the fridge, you can keep them for up to five days. activated then to lock them in an airtight box, because they are impregnated very easily with strong odors. You will take them out of the refrigerator about 30 minutes before eating them so that they find all their flavor. You can also freeze them. Wash them, remove the stems, pit them then spread them on a tray that you place in the freezer for about twelve hours. You will then put them in bags and put them back in the freezer. You can keep them like this for 1 year.

Benefits

Cherry is the sweetest of all red fruits. But although it contains more carbohydrates than the others, its energy intake remains moderate. Do not deprive yourself of this fruit with multiple virtues, but make a reasonable consumption.

The cherry provides a good supply of minerals and vitamins A and C, vitamins whose antioxidant properties are beneficial in protecting the body against certain diseases. Its richness in water and potassium also gives it diuretic properties. Its fiber content makes it a good asset to fight against lazy intestines. Be careful, it can be difficult to digest.

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