They are rich in vitamins, mineral salts and antioxidants, they boost our energies and protect from free radicals.
Cherries are tasty and beneficial! They are magic fruits, but are you sure you know all their properties? They are a summer product, rich in vitamins and mineral salts. Their nice, red colors and their specific, bitterish taste make us want to eat loads of them!
Once you buy cherries, you should eat them quickly, because they are harvested when fully ripe. You can eat them on their own, you can prepare a jam or you can add them to your ice creams. They are also very good with savoury dishes, such as game.
Cherries: nutritional values and calories
Let’s talk about calories: do cherries make you gain weight? They contain 38 calories every 100 grams, therefore our advice is to eat them with great moderation! Moreover, their content of vitamins A, B and mineral salts such as iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper and zinc make them perfect to boost our energies.
Let’s see in detail the nutritional values of this fruit, considering 100 grams of cherries:
- Water 86,20 g
- Carbohydrates 9 g
- Sugar 9 g
- Proteins 0,8 g
- Fats 0,1 g
- Cholesterol 0 g
- Total Fibers 1,30 g
- Sodium 3 mg
- Vitamin B2 0,03 mg
- Potassium 229 mg
- Iron 0,60 mg
- Vitamin B1 0,03 mg
- Calcium 30 mg
- Phosphorus 18 mg
- Vitamin B3 0,50 mg
- Vitamin C 11 mg
As we have mentioned, these little fruits contain a lot of vitamins, especially A and C ones, and loads of mineral salts, carbohydrates and laevulouse, a sugar suitable for people suffering from diabetes! Moreover, their antioxidants fight free radicals, which make our skin age.
Furthermore, cherries have anti-inflammatory properties and a real panacea for our heart. They also contain flavonoids, that help fighting high cholesterol levels, and malic acid, which stimulates the liver. Due to their diuretic and slightly laxative properties, they are perfect to stay fit and detox our intestine!
Can you eat cherries if you are pregnant? Absolutely yes! Just make sure to not overdo it! Finally, remember to wash them!
Harvesting period and how to store them
Cherries are harvested between spring and summer, thet is from May to June. Do not buy these fruits unripe, because they will not ripe after the harvest. Store them in a fresh place, far from humidity: for example, in your refrigerator or in your cellar, in a paper bag.
These fruits have a very strong flavor with a bitterish aftertaste. There are many varities of them, which differ because of their taste, texture, and color, that goes from yellow to red to almost black.
The most common cherry types you can find in supermarkets are two: the Prunus avium, sweeter, ad the Prunus Cerasus. The second one produces black cherries, that are more sour and less loved by children. However, they are widely used when preparing desserts or ice creams.
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