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February Fruit of the Month: Cherries

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.

6 Ways to Enjoy Cherries…

  1. Sundae station. At your next 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.
  2. A ruby salad. Add sliced or pitted cherries to any salad. Try this Fresh Cherry and Asparagus Salad recipe.
  3. Succulent substitute. Easily switch cherries with blueberries and strawberries in any of your favorite recipes.
  4. Cherry shake. Combine fat-free vanilla, banana, or plain yogurt along with cherries in a blender for a delicious drink!
  5. Fizzed up fruit. Bring on spring with a refreshing cherry spritzer made by combining ice, cold seltzer, water, and puréed cherries.
  6. Cherries on the Run. Rinse, dry, and enjoy whole cherries. They’re a great on-the-go snack!

Sources: Eat Well, Live Well Campaign & Fruits & Veggies More Matters.

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