Cheering for Cherries
Local cherries are in season and the deep red, almost black cherries from BC’s Okanangan are in the markets now ready to be enjoyed. I keep going back to buy more, they disappear so fast. I usually just enjoy them when they are in season but I’m tempted to stock up now while they are at their peak
You can then add these amazing super fruits as a topping to yogurt or ice cream, add to a smoothie, make a fruit crumble, use them in your baking or use them as an ingredient in a savory dish….I’m thinking venison chops with a cherry port reduction sauce would be amazing!!
Stock up the freezer: After you have removed the stones you can freeze fresh cherries for future use. Removing the pits is really easy. Simply use a sharp paring knife and slice around the cherry, twist and remove the stone. Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper and place cherries cut side up in a single layer. Once frozen, place in a freezer bag or container to enjoy later.
Eat cherries to reduce inflammation and help gout:
Cherries are one of the super foods when it comes to reducing inflammation in the body. Cherries are said to reduce levels of uric acid which when high can contribute to gout. Research also points to cherries reducing levels of nitric oxide in the body which is known to be high in those with rheumatoid or osteoarthritis arthritis.