Time to cheer for some cherries

by Sanjeev Kapoor

It would be totally fair to say that cherries are one of the most loved fruits in the world. Whenever you see this red, juicy fruit, all you want to do is grab and gobble it ASAP. But, the wonderfulness of this fruit does not end in its glossy and tempting look, it’s sweet and tart flavour has won millions of hearts and no matter how much we praise it, it won’t be enough. Sipping on cherry wine or stealing it from the freshly baked cake, we have immense love for this delightful fruit. But did you know that cherries are also a ‘health boon’ for our body? Here’s why.

  1. Cherries are loaded with Vitamin C, potassium, fibre and also boost the immune system.
  2. Rich in antioxidants, they carry great ability to prevent any chronic diseases.
  3. Contains melatonin which promotes a sound and peaceful sleep.
  4. Contains anthocyanin, a compound which helps to improve memory and brain power.
  5. Research says it can also help in reducing the risk of heart diseases and colon cancer.

Adding cherries to your diet is super easy, and here are some delish recipes which are going to make cherries even more delightful than they already are.

1. Cherry Pops

There’s no better way to celebrate the arrival of cherry season than these cute and tempting Cherry Pops. Fresh cherries are dipped in cake crumb mixture and melted white chocolate and set. Make and serve it to your kids, it’s bound to bring happiness to them in no time.

2. Chocolate Cherry Smoothie

One of the best ways to include cherries in your diet is to whip up an instant smoothie with it. Here’s a recipe made with the beloved duo of chocolate and cherries to kick-start your day with a bang. Taste and nutrition both, what better way to enjoy cherries?

3. Cherry Halwa

Cherry Halwa is like ‘cherry on the top’ in this list. Full of flavours, this rich halwa prepared with semolina and cherries and finished with crunchy nuts. This dessert is the perfect happy ending to your meals. Once you try it, it’s going to be on your favourites list for sure.

4. Cherry Cheese Pineapple Cigars

You might already be a fan of chocolate and cherry together. So, it’s time to try a new combination which is all the more delicious. Cherry, cheese and pineapple mixture stuffed in samosa sheets, shaped into cigars and fried till perfectly golden. Don’t you feel like trying it right away? Go on, click on the link and get going to the kitchen!

5. Meatballs in Cherry Sauce

We are sure you’re already tempted by the name of this recipe. Mutton lovers, this is not an overstatement, but this is one of the best meatballs you might’ve had ever. Meatballs coated in a double whammy of cherries and cherry jam – pulpy, luscious and ‘oh so good!’ Try this lip-smacking recipe today.

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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.