Today in the Portland Oregon area, the temperature has reached a scorching 99°F! That is much too hot for me and I soon found myself looking for something cool and refreshing to serve as a snack.
Thankfully, my husband had picked up some fresh organic sweet dark cherries that were on sale when we went grocery shopping the other day and that filled the need perfectly. Summer is the season for cherries with most of the sweet cherries being grown in the Pacific Northwest, right in the part of the country where I live.
Cherries are one of my favorite fruits and I love to eat them cold right out of the refrigerator, popping them in my mouth one right after the other.
Another way to enjoy the sweet fresh cherries is to serve them over plain organic yogurt drizzled with local honey and sprinkled with Ceylon cinnamon. Not only are cherries yummy, but they are exceptionally healthy too. They are a high-fiber and high-antioxidant food and are an excellent source of vitamin C.
I wasn’t concerned about their health benefits when I was young I just loved them. I can even remember one birthday when I chose cherry pie and cherry ice cream to celebrate with instead of our family’s traditional made from scratch cake baked by Mom.
Enjoy an abundance of fresh sweet dark cherries while they are in season and more reasonably priced than other times of the year. Cherries are a good source of potassium as well as vitamin A, calcium, protein and iron.
“They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.” Psalm 1:3, NLT