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I don't know about you but cherries are one of my favourite fruits and I find them so refreshing. They are a bit moreish and once you start on a punnet its hard to leave some for another visit. Better that than eating a whole box of chocolates I suppose! Cherries have a short growing season and you'll find them in most warm climates. Most of the time they peak in summer but in Australia they peak at Christmas!

Did you know that just 10 cherries can make up one of your five a day? They are nutritious and help fight disease and other illnesses. Helping you to sleep, serving as a kind of pain-relieving aspirin and fighting against ageing, this is one super-cherry!
They are high in potassium and antioxidants which are suggested can be important in a range of ailments- more details here

The Romans first brought cherries from Persia and introduced them here in Britain. Some even say that ancient roads can be traced from the spots where marching Romans spat out there seeds and caused a new tree to grow! Are there any around Chester or Tarvin?

But over the last fifty years we've seen a decline in our cherry orchards. Which means we now import around 95% of all cherries!

Cherries can be eaten in so many different ways. With ice cream, in cherry cheesecake or as part of a sauce served with duck.

If you have a garden, why not plant your very own cherry tree and in years to come you will have your own home grown supply to snack on — that is if you can beat the birds to them!!

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