• 3 Things You Didn't Know About Cherries

    3 Things You Didn't Know About Cherries

    Because we live in Canada, fresh fruit is a luxury. Unlike our Southern neighbours who have easier access to fresh fruit, we only have Canadian-grown fruit for about 4 or 5 months in the summer. So, it's not surprising most Albertans think of BC cherries as more of a treat than a healthy snack. 

    Our BC cherries may taste 'just like candy,' but they're much better for you! Here are 3 things you likely didn't know about cherries: 

    1. A few cherries a day will keep the doctor away. One cup of cherries contains only about 8 grams of carbs, 35 calories, and 1 gram of fibre. Looking for a healthy snack? Try eating some cherries! 
    2. If you thought watermelon was the "watery" fruit, think again! Cherries are 95% moisture/water. There's no harm in subbing one of your daily glasses of water for a glass of cherries, is there? 
    3. Support healthy vision - eat cherries! Like carrots, cherries contain beta-carotene, which is a precursor to Vitamin A. Vitamin A is very important for healthy vision and a lack of it can lead to Cataracts and Macular degeneration. 

    On our orchard, we grow different types of cherries including Santina, Early Robin, Rainier, Sour, and Sweethearts: 

    • Santina cherries are dark red (almost black) and very sweet. 
    • Early Robin cherries are yellow and light red. They're sweet like Rainier cherries but not quite as tart! 
    • Rainier cherries are yellow and blush like Early Robins. They're quite sweet and tart! 
    • Sour cherries are bright red and a little sour! A little more acidic than Santinatina cherries. 
    • Sweetheart cherries are between a bright and a deep red. They're sweet with acidic undertones. 

    Get your fix of cherries by visiting us at the markets soon! 



    Canadian Nutrient File 

    Dieticians of Canada "Food Sources of Fibre" 

    Dietetic Intern, Victoria Lovsin