Because they're versatile, flavorful and nutritious, cherries make a great snack for warm- weather activities or an irresistible centerpiece at pool parties and backyard barbecues.
There are two kinds of cherries -sweet and tart. Each has its own distinctive uses, but both offer the same wholesome goodness. They have no fat and are low in calories. That makes cherries fit right in with American's increased focus on health. Cherries also are high in potassium and are loaded with antioxidants and other cancer-fighting compounds.
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Cherries are one of the few fruits that are truly seasonal. The U.S. crop of fresh, sweet cherries is only available in the summer months. Sweet cherries in the Northwest begin ripening in mid-June. The prime time for fresh sweet cherries is July, but late-season varieties extend the joy of cherries into mid-August. Canned and frozen sweet cherries are available all year. Tart cherries also ripen in July, but they are seldom sold fresh because they are highly perishable. They are canned or frozen within 24 hours of harvest for use throughout the year.