Leelanau Cherries are Ready to Pick!

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Teeny, tiny bowl of sweet cherries to eat.Taste the Local Difference says that sweet cherries are ready to pick! A great place to pick them up is at any of the Leelanau Farmers Markets or (if you’re feeling adventurous) the National Cherry Festival. A few facts about cherries:

  • Cherries are an excellent source of Vitamin C and a good source of potassium, magnesium, iron, folate, and fiber.
  • Cherries have among the highest levels of antioxidants compared with other fruits.
  • The United States produces more than 650 million pounds of tart and sweet cherries. Michigan grows about 75 percent of the U.S. crop of tart cherries, and about 20 percent of the US crop of sweet cherries.
  • Some of the sweet cherry varieties grown in Michigan are: Emperor, Napoleon, Francis, and Schmidt.
  • Some studies show that eating about 20 cherries a day could reduce inflammatory pain and headache pain.

KAScott_20090805_1866_stkbYou can get lots more cherry goodness from Taste the Local Difference’s cherry articles and also at absolutemichigan.com/Cherries! Speaking of cherry goodness and in keeping with the no-fuss style of cooking that summertime requires, here’s a couple of easy cherry recipes that we like:

Cherries with Ricotta and Toasted Almonds
3/4 cup fresh or frozen pitted cherries
2 Tbsp. part-skim ricotta
1 Tbsp. toasted slivered almonds

If frozen, heat cherries in the microwave briefly to soften. Otherwise, top the cherries with ricotta and almonds. (Food Network)

Cherry Kabobs

Partially freeze 2 cups of sweet cherries, then thread them on skewers, alternating with 2 cups fresh pineapple chunks. Combine: 1/2 cup red wine vinegar, 2 Tbsp. olive oil, 1 Tbsp. honey, and1/2 tsp. curry powder in a small bowl; mix well.

Place kabobs on grill over medium coals. Brush with mixture. Cook 4 to 5 minutes, turning and basting with sauce after each turn. (Taste the Local Difference’s own Janice Benson)

Photo Credits: Untitled by jenny murray, Teeny, tiny bowl of sweet cherries to eat. by Trish P and KAScott_20090805_1866_stkb by Ken Scott

Still hungry? How about more cherry articles from Leelanau.com and the Cherries slideshow from the Leelanau (dot com) group on Flickr??!!

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