EN on Foods
May 2012 Issue
Pick Cherries for Peak Nutrition
Sweet cherries (Prunus avium) and sour cherries (Prunus cerasus) are members of the rose family. Like their relativesplums, apricots and nectarinesthey are stone fruit, meaning they have a stone-like seed pit surrounded by fleshy fruit. Sweet varieties such as Bing, Royal Ann and Rainier, come to market between May and August, while tart varieties, which are almost always processed into canned, frozen or dried cherries, such as Morello and Montmercy, are available fresh from June to August.
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