Throughout the year it is easy to find pears or apples in the supermarket, but there are other more special fruits whose season passes in the blink of an eye. This happens in Spain with custard apple, with strawberry and, right now, with cherries. These small, deep red fruits are harvested between late spring and early summer. Outside of those seasons it is very difficult to get hold of a box of them.
As the Spanish Nutrition Foundation (FEN) explains, cherries are the only fruit that has a non-climacteric pit. This means that the fruit is not capable of ripening once it is plucked from the tree. This is the reason why it must be collected at the precise moment: late spring and part of summer. Therefore, we must take advantage now while they are still in the supermarket.
In this sense, Mercadona has confirmed on its website that we will continue to find cherries in its supermarkets this summer. The famous Spanish supermarket chain has announced that will buy more than 6,000 tons of cherries this season, which is double the amount they acquired last year. All of them, in addition, are proximity products.
Yes, the cherries that Mercadona acquires come from the countryside of Spain. Specifically, the company has explained that they buy this genre in Cáceres, Murcia, Alicante, Tarragona, Lleida, Zaragoza and Huesca. In this way, this Spanish supermarket chain aims to promote the consumption of seasonal and local fruits, an issue that helps our own health, but also to care for the environment.
Many times when we buy this fruit in the supermarket we call them picotas, but be careful! because not all of them are. In this sense, all pillories are cherries, but not all cherries are pillory. Picotas are smaller than cherries, darker in color and tastier. Also, they have a bigger bone and therefore less meat. The most characteristic thing about the pillories is that they do not have a peduncle, the tail through which they hang from the tree.
Cherries, like other fruits, are considered a very healthy food. In this sense, They can help us reach the recommendations for daily consumption of fruits and vegetables. Although they have always recommended that we eat 5 servings of these foods a day, Harvard University goes a step further and in its healthy eating scheme recommends that half of what we eat a day be fruits and vegetables.
A healthy food
According to the Diabetes Foundation (FDNN), a serving of cherries is made up of about 12 or 15 pieces, which would be equivalent to about 120 grams of weight. Cherries contain very few kilocalories because a large part of their composition is made up of water: in particular, almost 84% of cherries are water. The rest of the composition is made up mainly of carbohydrates and fiber.
These carbohydrates are simple sugars that, however, do not harm our health. They are intrinsic sugars, that is, they are naturally present in this fruit and are contained in a fiber matrix. This affects that these sugars are slowly absorbed into the bloodstream And, therefore, they do not harm organs such as the pancreas, which secretes insulin to level glucose in our body.
For every 100 grams of cherries that we eat, this fruit only contributes about 65 kilocalories. Although it is not considered a source of any nutrient, among the substances that compose them, potassium and vitamin C stand out. But, in addition, cherries contain an interesting amount of anthocyanins, substances known for their antioxidant effect.