Spiced cherries

Spiced cherries

The Royal Anne is the cherry that gives the best results in spicing. Put the cherries into a stone jar or porcelain pan. Heat one quart of good cider vinegar with two coffee cups of sugar; put into a muslin bag one teaspoon each of various spices, heat with the vinegar and sugar to the boiling point, then pour over the cherries and let stand over night. Repeat this a second time. Then put the cherries in glass bottles or jars, heat the vinegar a third time, pour over and seal. Fine with meats. Prunes are good spiced by this recipe, but the skins of the prunes must be pricked with a fork to prevent bursting.

From: Jennings, Linda Deziah (compiler), Washington women’s cook book. The Washington Equal Suffrage Association, 1908.

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Cherries

native to: Eastern Europe and Asia Minor
in season here: June
CherryStripWhile we’re on the subject of fruit, let’s take a look at another harbinger of summer. Cherries are drupes, fruit with stones or pits rather than seeds, and are related to other small tree fruits such as plums, peaches, and apricots.

Cherries are rich in anthocyanin glycosides, which act as anti-inflammatories against things like gout, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and even sports injuries. Research on tart cherries has shown them to be useful against cancers, aging and neurological diseases, and pre-diabetes.

Then there’s the vitamin C that we tend to expect from fruit — a cup of raw sweet cherries will give you 10.8 mg of the stuff, as well as some beta-carotene and vitamins K, B-6, and A. There’s also a pretty good dose of potassium in there, along with some copper, manganese, magnesium, iron, calcium, phosphorus, and zinc. They also contain phytosterols, which help lower “bad” cholesterol.

Cherries are one of the very few food sources of melatonin, which is calming and useful against nervous disorders, insomnia, and our old friend the tension headache.

Read more:
Label-style nutrition information for sweet cherries
Label-style nutrition information for tart (pie) cherries
nutrition-and-you.com

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