Food and Recipe of the Month: Cherries and Cacao Cherry Cheesecake

Care of Andrea Howe at  Cherries hold the prize for being the most popular summer fruit in our kitchens! They’re tart, sweet, and that perfect treat on a hot day. Not only are cherries bursting with flavour, but they are also packed full of amazing antioxidants, vitamins, and nutrients. Cherries are known for their deep red/purple colour. That bright colour comes from a powerful antioxidant called anthocyanin. These antioxidants can aid in cell damage repair, and preventing further harm from occurring, resulting in a reduced risk of many cancers and chronic disease. They can also reduce blood pressure levels, cholesterol levels, and increase metabolism. Are you an athlete? Cherries have been seen to enhance exercise performance and speed up recovery time by reducing muscle soreness in marathon runners. They can also reduce inflammation in those individuals with arthritis or inflammatory diseases due to their ability to fight free-radicals and reduction of uric acid levels in the body.  So, not only do cherries taste good, but they are a powerhouse for combating many health conditions. Add this superfruit into your diet with this Cacao Cherry Cheesecake… Read More

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Food of the Month: Cherries

Care of Amy Symington  Good old July – ‘tis the season for cherry picking by the barrel, so get them while they’re ripe! From the chokecherry to the black cherry to the sour cherry to the wild and crazy cherry, cherries are often overlooked in terms of their versatility and amazing nutritional value. It ain’t just about the sweet cherry pie! Nutritionally speaking cherries are bursting with antioxidants (particularly the red berry fan favourite anthocyanin), they are rich in fibre, and vitamins – all of which aid in preventing very scary ailments such as cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. If we’re talking vitamin and mineral content, cherries are blasted full of folate, potassium, iron, and magnesium. Its vitamin A (or beta carotene) content is out of this world high, almost 20 times more than its comrade the blueberry, which is great for maintaining excellent eyesight. The sour cherry is particularly potent with vitamin C and the more face puckering the cherry, the higher the vitamin C content. Although they are exploding with goodness, remember not to over cook your cherries as vitamins and minerals are lost (particularly vitamin C) the more you heat them. Culinary wise, their uses are as… Read More

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