Five recipes that will make the most of cherry season

In season from June to July in the UK, now is the prime time to try your hand at a bit of cherry picking if you enjoy them fresh and juicy.

Not only are they a tasty treat, cherries are also low in calories, saturated fats, sodium and cholesterol, and are a good source of fibre and vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium and potassium, with a portion of 14 cherries making up one of your 5 A Day.

Here are five ideas of what you can do with your cherry haul:

Pickled cherries

Great with meats, cheeses and salads, pickling your cherries will preserve them making them last longer. Get the recipe: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/pickled-cherries

Roasted butternut squash, rocket and cherry salad

This recipe is a little Americanised so to translate, you’ll need butternut squash (easier to find than pumpkin), rocket (A.K.A arugula), fresh cherries (instead of dried. Add fresh cherries in to roast alongside the butternut squash about half way through the cooking time), and honey will work just as well as maple syrup. The oven will need to be 230 degrees celsius. Get the recipe: https://www.bhg.com/recipe/roasted-pumpkin-arugula-and-dried-cherry-salad/#nutrition

Cherry and almond smoothie

This recipe is packed with goodness, a great way to start the day. Get the recipe: http://www.hungrygirlporvida.com/blog/2015/03/18/cherry-almond-smoothie/

Grilled chicken with spicy cherry sauce

Add a side salad and you’ve got one fresh tasting meal right there perfect for lunch or dinner. Get the recipe: https://www.health.com/health/recipe/0,,10000001622406,00.html

Chocolate cherry pistachio bark

Swap out the milk chocolate for dark chocolate and the salt for grated orange or lemon peel and this recipe becomes a powerhouse of antioxidants and vitamins and minerals (when eaten in moderation of course). You could always instead dip fresh cherries into the melted chocolate and sprinkle crushed pistachios on the top. Get the recipe: https://www.lemontreedwelling.com/salted-chocolate-cherry-pistachio-bark/

 

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