The Australian Women’s Weekly Food

WHAT’S IN Season CHERRIES

Plump, juicy cherries - how beautiful they are. With their rich colour and subtle lustre, they’ve inspired artists and poets for centuries. Here in Australia, cherries are among the few truly seasonal fruits still left in our markets. While imported cherries are sometimes available during our off-season, every summer, the appearance of locally grown cherries is anticipated with much excitement. Most of those that come to market are black cherries - the dark, fleshy varieties. You will sometimes see bright red or ‘white’ varieties, which are actually cream with a red blush. Australian-grown cherries are highly regarded and available from mid or late October to late February. The Australian crop yields upwards of 12,000 tonnes each year for domestic and export consumption. All cherries have one thing in common, however - they are absolutely delicious and bring happiness and enjoyment to many.

VARIETIES

There are two main species of cherries: sweet and sour. Most sold in markets are sweet. Sour cherries are generally used in processed foods, preserves and juices, and to make cherry brandy. About

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