The Plumper, The Better // Chocolate Cherry Muffins

You may notice fresh cherries at your local grocery store or farmers market this time of year. Because of their short growing season, now is a great time to add them to your menu plan. When it comes to fresh cherries, the plumper the better! Plump, dark red cherries with smooth glossy skin will taste best. If you happen upon a bunch, click here to find out how you can enjoy them all year long. When not in season, canned or frozen cherries work well in many recipes. They are picked at their peak ripeness and are quickly preserved to maintain nutrient value.

Ranking high on the antioxidant scale, cherries are full of many nutrients your body needs. According to fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org, cherries have higher disease fighting properties than other fruits. Furthermore, their bright red color indicates nutrients that aide in heart health.

Fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org shares with us the Top Ten Ways to Enjoy Cherries. Check them out!

You can find links to the recipes mentioned at the bottom of this post.

Chocolate Cherry Muffins make a great fruity dessert. The best part about this recipe is that it includes zucchini, which happens to be in abundance this time of year. Can’t go wrong with veggies in your dessert. Enjoy!

Simple Fruit Cobbler

Simplest Cherry Pie

Cherry Stuffed Grilled Chicken

Berry Cherry Mustard

Spicy Cherry Sauce

Banana Sour Cherry Smoothie

Rubies and Greens

Mixed Cherry Vegetable Salad

Spicy Cherry Chutney

Video: Healthy Cherry Desserts

Video: Using Bing Cherries

Video: Pitting Cherries

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