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Cherries 101: Nutrition, Benefits, Types, and More – Everyday Health

Posted: March 11, 2021 at 6:47 am

The simplest way to enjoy sweet cherries is to eat them as a snack fresh out of the fridge, taking care to remove the pits and stems before swallowing.

If you enjoy cherries regularly, consider purchasing a cherry pitter the OXO Cherry and Olive Pitter is a well-rated, reasonably priced option ($10.99, Target.com). This tool will make cooking, baking, and snacking with cherries more convenient.

Courtney Darsa, RDN, CDCES, a certified diabetes care and education specialist in New York City, recommends combining cherries with nuts for a fiber, protein, and fat combination thats satiating. Whats more, the vitamin C in the cherries will help your body better absorb the iron in the nuts, she says.

If cherries arent in season, you can still enjoy sweet cherries by buying them frozen. Pour some into a small bowl and eat them as you would frozen berries. You can also cook frozen cherries down into a no-sugar added sauce to top ice cream, yogurt, pancakes, and even meat (such as chicken or pork).

Tart cherries are available dried (stir them into hot oatmeal, sprinkle them over yogurt, or add them to trail mix), as preserves (great for toast), frozen (for use in desserts and baking), or as juice (drink as is, or add a splash to sparkling water for a mocktail).

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