Kent is famous for its excellent cherries, which have flourished there since Roman times. Cherry fairs, once held to celebrate the harvest have now made a welcome comeback in the county. The luscious fruits were taken to London in the past to be sold in the city's streets, where the cherry sellers cried their wares. In Stuart times (between 1603 and 1714) Rotherhithe was famous for its Cherry Garden and Londoners often spent a pleasant Saturday afternoon relaxing there. Samuel Pepys mentions visiting the area to buy cherries for his wife, in his famous diary.
Choose the best:
Buy plump, shiny cherries that have their stalks attached and look for fruit that is dark red, firm but not hard.
Generally, pale cherries are sweet and dark cherries more acidic. If you can, it is always a good idea to try before you buy to get the flavour that you prefer.
Sweet cherries are suitable for eating, sour cherries are great in tarts, pies, crumbles and sauces.
If you can find sour cherries, choose them, as they provide more nutrients for less sugar. Rather than snack on cherries alone and find you've overshot your carb allowance, try adding them to yogurt or ricotta cheese. They can also be an interesting addition to savoury dishes...you've probably had chicken with cranberries well how about chicken and sour cherries ...adapt this recipe suggestion."
of course you may wish to use fresh cherries ...