Fruity Tooty

Farmers’ Market pick – sweet cherries

It’s June and I can’t get enough of organic cherries. I prefer the ones from BC but will happily eat the ones from Washington state when the former aren’t available.

This time of year abounds with fresh fruit and if you are like me and live in a geographic location that is limited by climate and terrain for what can be grown naturally, then fresh fruit is a treat, a luxury even.

Fruit figures heavily on the ORAC list (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) which measures antioxidant values in food. To get the most out of fruit, eat in season: berries and stone fruit in warm weather; apples in cool weather; and frozen, yes frozen! during cold weather. Frozen often has a higher nutrient value than imported ‘fresh’ fruit that is not so fresh once it arrives in your grocery store. you live in a tropical country in which case you have nature’s grocery market available to you year-round.

Fruit is nature’s candy and can satisfy a sweet tooth naturally. It also contains fibre which helps to mitigate a spike in blood sugar levels post-consumption.

Now back to cherries…

Low in calories, rich in phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals and with anti inflammatory action, cherries are a healthy way to satisfy your sweet tooth.

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