Cherries – General and Nutritional Information

If you prefer slightly sour fruits, cherries are the very thing. The low calorie count in sweet or sour cherries make them a guilt-free snack; with only 55 calories per 100 grams of raw sour cherries, the stone fruit is ideal for maintaining a slim figure. Furthermore, raw cherries contain more vitamins than cooked cherries, as the cooking process will reduce its nutritional value. In order to grow and mature, the cherry tree prefers a temperate climate.

Cherries – Origin and Varieties

Cherries belong to the rose family and originate from the area around the Black Sea. The stone fruit is thought to owe its name to the old Turkish city of Cerasus (today known as Giresun). It was not until the 18th century that cherries were subcategorised into sweet cherries and sour cherries.

Cherry fruits grow on deciduous trees that can grow up to 20 metres tall. Between April and May, the cherry tree blossoms for about a week. Cherry blossoms have a white, dark red or yellow colour.

Foodfacts Foodfacts
Class stone fruit/rosaceae
Calories 56 kcal per 100g
Nutrients sour cherries – 0.5g fat, 9.9g carbohydrate, 1g fibre, 0.9g protein per 100g; sweet cherries – 0.3g fat, 13.3g carbohydrate, 1.3g fibre, 0.9g protein
Season mid-May to end of August
Storage store in a cool place, for example in the refrigerator
Shelf life 2-3 days

Cherry Season – Harvesting and Storing Cherries Correctly

For harvesting it is important that the cherries have already fully been able to mature, as ripening does not continue in storage. Fresh cherries keep for two to three days after picking, provided that the cherries are given storage in the refrigerator or in another cool place. If you want to store cherries for a longer period of time, you can freeze them pitted or unpitted, opt for water bath canning, or make jam out of them.

Cherries – Stoning, Chopping and Preparation

Before eating cherries raw as they are, you need to thoroughly wash the fruits first, preferably in a basin of water to prevent the fruit from bursting. It is also advisable to clean the cherries again right before consumption so you can remove any rotten ones. For the subsequent chopping and preparation of sweet or sour cherries wearing kitchen gloves and an apron is recommended, as some cherries leave particularly stubborn stains.

A number of cherry varieties are suitable for the production of fruit juice or schnapps. Sour cherries form a good basis for a tasty jam. Cherries also provide cakes and pastries with a fruity sour note, in addition to which they make for an excellent fruity ingredient in muesli or a nutritious snack in between meals. Drying or dehydrating cherries can be done easily in the oven, similar to apples and many other fruits.

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