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February Fruit of the Month: Cherries

Live Well Sioux Falls and the Sioux Falls Food Council is proud to present the Eat Well, Live Well campaign! Each month this campaign will highlight a new fruit and vegetable.

The February Fruit of the Month is Cherries!

Did you know…

  • cherries with stems still attached are less likely to mold quickly.
  • there are 2 kinds of cherries: sweet and sour.
  • the most commonly eaten sweet cherries are Bing, Rainier, and Lambert.
  • maraschino cherries are sweet cherries processed with sugar.
  • sour cherries, also known as tart cherries, are mainly grown for canning or making pies.
  • cherries should be stored unwashed in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to 10 days. Wash just before use.
  • Check out these videos for helpful tips on selection, storage, and prep.

7 Ways to Enjoy Cherries…

  1. Perfect Pie. Who doesn’t love cherry pie? See how to make healthy cherry desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth.
  2. Sundae Station. At your next summertime party, set up an ice cream sundae station and combine the creaminess of low-fat ice cream or frozen yogurt with the sweetness of fresh fruit. Include cherries as one of the fruit toppings.
  3. A Ruby Salad. Add sliced or whole cherries to any salad or try this Mixed Vegetable Cherry Salad recipe ready in only 10 minutes!
  4. Succulent Substitute. Easily switch cherries with blueberries and strawberries in any of your favorite recipes.
  5. Cherry Shake. Combine fat-free vanilla, banana, or plain yogurt along with cherries in a blender for a delicious drink anytime of the day!
  6. Fizzed Up Fruit. Beat the heat on a hot summer’s day with a refreshing cherry spritzer made by combining ice, cold seltzer, water, and puréed cherries.
  7. Cherries on the Run. Rinse, dry, and enjoy whole cherries. They’re a great on-the-go snack!

Learn more about cherries and get a new Cherry Crisp recipe with this Pick It! Try It! Like It! fact sheet.

Don’t stop there! Find ways to promote cherries at your work, school, childcare and in your community!

 

Sources: Eat Well, Live Well Campaign, Pick It! Try It! Like It! & Fruits & Veggies More Matters.