ORIGIN & PRODUCTION
The cherry is the fruit of the cherry tree. Cherries arrived in France, and other European countries, at the end of the Middle Ages. All the varieties of cherry that we know today come from the wild cherry, or “bird cherry” (Prunus avium); the “sour cherry” (Prunus cerasus) is a subspecies that includes Morello cherries.
VARIETY AT TOTAL PRODUCE INDIGO
A small stone fruit, cherries are one of the stars of the spring, but that is not all!
TOTAL PRODUCE INDIGO specializes in cherries and imports numerous varieties, the most popular being Bing; this allows consumers to enjoy good quality cherries from November to March.
DESCRIPTION & APPEARANCE
Spherical in shape, cherries come in various shades of red, ranging from light to very dark, or even black. They can be sweet or sour.
Cherries should have a firm texture and a glossy skin, the stalk should be green and not dried out. Regarding colour, this is not an indication of ripeness, because it varies depending on the variety.
In culinary terms, cherries are popular in both cooked and raw preparations. They are used in pastries and desserts and in savoury dishes.
Cherries also feature in a variety of alcoholic beverages (distilled and macerated), such as cherry brandy, kirsch, cherry beers, etc.
Cherries contain 15 g of sugar per 100 g, including levulose and pectin, which is important for good jam. They are higher in calories than most other red fruit, but not excessively so, with between 65 and 68 Kcal per 100 g cherries.
In terms of nutritional value, fresh cherries are very rich in vitamin C and B3.
Cherries are also known for their diuretic properties. They are a good source of fibre, thereby aiding digestive transit.