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 relatives—plums, apricots and nectarines—they 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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