With Cherries, Every Day’s a Jubilee: Fresh Talk
Your idea of a good time may be a trip to the movies, a day at the beach or a few hours on a shady hammock. Mine’s a morning with a cherry pitter, a ratty apron, and some old CDs playing at ear-busting decibels. Fresh cherries, in blood-red or blush-and-gold, offer sweet, juicy rewards, and in our many years of intense courtship, they’ve never once let me down.
Feeling fancy? Steep cherries in cranberry juice with freshly-snipped lavender and spoon over thick slices of toasted country bread. (Here’s how.) Or stir them into red rice garnished with almonds and mint. To finish things up, marry cherries with coconut in an unusual tart or in this homey coconut cherry crisp.
So keep your movie, your beach, your hammock. Just toss me the pitter and turn up the tunes.
Selecting: When you see cherries in the store, they’re already ripe. Look for those that are shiny, plump and bruise-free, with stems still attached.
Prepping: Wash under cool running water just before eating. Remove the pit with a knife or a cherry pitter. (I fancy pitters that can remove four pits at once.)
Storing: Store cherries in a loose bag in the refrigerator’s crisper drawer. Since they’re quite delicate, avoid placing other fruits on top of them.
Nutritional Benefits: Nutrition expert and author Tina Ruggiero, MS, RD, LD, says: “Scientific research shows that cherries can help alleviate pain from chronic disease. Pain from inflammation can be debilitating. Arthritis, bursitis, tendinitis and gout are each inflammatory-related conditions, but a diet rich in cherries may help alleviate symptoms.”
“One cup of cherries daily,” Ruggiero adds, “is all you need. With that comes a mere 87 calories, 3 grams of fiber and 16% of your daily dose of vitamin C.”
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