With the month of June, cherries also arrive, on time as always. A much loved fruit ready to keep us company for the next month.
Rich in beneficial elements for health such as potassium, vitamins and phosphorus, they are one of the foods of the summer.
However, even if you call it indistinctly “cherries” you should know that not all those that end up on our table are.
In fact, very often we are faced with black cherries, similar to cherries but not the same while sharing many characteristics. But what are the differences between these two fruits and, above all, how to recognize them?
In fact, recognizing them is not obvious but it could be useful for those who delight in sweets, liqueurs and syrups. That’s why they are fruits of the summer but few know how many cherries we can eat every day.
Cherries or sour cherries?
In Italy, the most common varieties of cherries are the large and dark red duroni, and the small and lighter tender cherries. Sour cherry, together with morello cherries and sour cherries, is the best known variety of sour cherry.
The first difference between sour cherries and cherries lies precisely in the plant that produces them. In fact, even if they belong to the same family, while cherries grow on the so-called sweet cherry, black cherries are born on the sour cherry.
As for the size, however, cherries are larger than black cherries and of an intense red color. Instead, black cherries tend to a more subdued red.
As the name of the plants they grow on should suggest, the taste of black cherries is less sweet than that of cherries. This makes sour cherries unwelcome to some people.
Furthermore, one of the aspects that differentiate cherries from sour cherries is the presence of oxalic acid.
A molecule to which the sour and sour taste that characterizes black cherry is due.
For this reason, sour cherry is classified among the perfect fruits for the preparation of slushes, liqueurs or syrups.
Cherries, on the other hand, are mostly used to make jams or pies.
They are fruits of the summer but few know how many cherries we can eat every day
Experts recommend eating about fifteen or twenty cherries a day. If you do not eat other fruit it will be possible to double the doses but pay attention to the presence of sorbitol.
In fact, this substance could have laxative effects. Black cherries, on the other hand, can be enjoyed as a snack or together with yogurt.
Also in the case of black cherries it is recommended not to exceed fifteen a day.
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