Cherries - Nutritious, Delicious and Freezable
Information provided by the American Dietetic Association: Your Link to Nutrition & Health
Every summer the appearance of fresh cherries in the supermarket makes for a happy day. They are one of those fruits that most of us don't mind spending a bit of money for since they only come around once a year.
Fresh summer cherries are sweet and full of flavor and nutrition. One cup of cherries provides about 90 calories, 10 percent of the daily value for vitamin C, and three grams of fiber.
In addition, cherries are rich in antioxidants and contain phytochemicals that can help lower cholesterol levels.
Cherries are a little more perishable than other fruits, so only buy what you can eat in a two-to-three day period. If you want to buy more, freeze them. To do this, rinse and drain cherries before placing them in a single layer on a baking sheet, then freeze until firm. Once frozen, wrap them in portioned-out packages. Frozen cherries can be used to make a great dessert or even as a rich sauce for a pork tenderloin.
That way you can enjoy summer cherries now and later.