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Sweet and sour cherries

Sweet and sour cherries Author: Style At Home

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Sweet and sour cherries

Three things you may not know about cherries

  • Cherries come in two categories: sweet cherries, which can be eaten fresh right off the tree, and sour cherries, which are usually cooked.
  • The darker the cherry, the sweeter the flavour.
  • The cherry is considered lucky, and is an alternative to the apple as the fruit of paradise.


Three ways to try cherries right now

  • In preserves on toasted English muffins.
  • With chopped almonds in a chutney or relish.
  • In kirsch, the French liqueur made from distilled cherries, poured over ice cream and chocolate.


Three places to travel to get the pick of the crop

  • B.C.'s Okanagan, Similkameen and Kootenay valleys, which together produce about 60 percent of Canada's cherry crop.


Three varieties to tempt your taste buds

  • Rainier, Sweetheart, Royal Ann


One tip you can't live without

  • Since the pit of a cherry (which can't be eaten!) has a taste similar to almonds, cherries have a natural affinity with the nut. Add a drop of almond extract to cherry dishes to enhance the cherry flavour.


One thing to remember at the grocery store

  • Choose cherries with the stems attached. Once the stems are removed, cherries spoil quickly; keep them for up to three days loosely wrapped in paper towel in the refrigerator.
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