Seasonal Spotlight: Cherries

I always know summer's around the corner when cherries start showing up. I love these little globes of juicy red fruit. I usually consume them all before I can actually use them in other recipes, but last year, I invested in a cherry pitter and made a batch of cherry jam, which was lovely to have in the winter.

I've never made a cherry pie before, so I'm going to try that this week. Good thing I own a cherry pitter!

Cherries originated in the area around Anatolia (Turkey) and were brought to Europe by the Romans. They brought them from an area in northern Turkey that they called Cerasus (present-day Giresun.) The English, French, and Spanish words for "cherry" are derivatives from "Cerasus." Today, Giresun has a cherry in its coat of arms. Turkey remains the top-producing cherry nation these days. Henry VIII brought cherries to England after tasting them for the first time in Flanders.

Cherries are good for you - they contain antioxidants and vitamins.

Some Wonderful Cherry Recipes To Try:
Recipe: Roasted Cherries
Small-Batch Canning: Making Cherry Preserves
Ten Cherry Recipes For June
Ice Cream Alternative: Tart Red Cherry Granita from Saveur
Award-Winning Pie! Tom's Cheery Cherry Cherry Berry Pie

(Image: Kathryn Hill)

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