Are you a sweets lover? If so, you can feel good about indulging in cherries to satisfy your sweet tooth… while boosting your health at the same time.
Fight Free Radicals and Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth with Cherries
High in antioxidants and unbelievably low on the glycemic index, cherries come in many varieties and range in flavor from sweet to sour.
Cherries: Perfect for Savory and Sweet Dishes
While a sweet cherry pie with a flaky crust is hard to beat, cherries pair just as well with savory dishes as they do sweet.
A simple cherry compote is delicious with game meats and duck (try our Pan-Roasted Duck with Pinot Noir and Cherries ), whirling them in the blender makes delicious salad dressing (try our Cherry Balsamic Vinaigrette) and adding cherries to hamburgers is a great way to boost juiciness and reduce the formation of cancer-causing compounds. In fact, adding cherries to ground meat prior to cooking reduced cancer-causing heterocyclic amines (HCAs) by up to 78%.
HEALING TIP: Because cherries are on the Environmental Working Group’s list of the most chemically contaminated foods – the Dirty Dozen – be sure to always pick organic.A brand we love? Cascadian Farm Organic Cherries.
Antioxidant Score (ORAC)=3,365
Selecting and Storing Cherries
Most fresh cherries are available from May (June for sour cherries) through August. Choose brightly colored, shiny, plump cherries. Sweet cherries should be firm, but not hard; sour varieties should be medium-firm. Store unwashed cherries in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. Frozen cherries are also a great buy and work well for making smoothies.