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Happy Cherry Day!

National Cherry Day

Cherries are my all-time favourite fruit. I find them rather addictive though, and when I open a punnet and start to nibble, it is very difficult to stop!

Cherries are rich in antioxidants, which are supposed to help with sleep and boost memory. The cherry also has anti-inflammatory properties.

National Cherry Day gives me
the perfect excuse to indulge,
and of course they are much
healthier than my other vice
– chocolate!

The Romans first brought cherries to the UK and some even say that ancient roads can be traced from the spots where marching Romans spat out their stones and caused a new tree to grow!

By the 16th century Kent had emerged as the principal cherry county and by the 17th century colonists were taking the cherry to New England.

However, over the last fifty years we’ve seen a decline in our cherry orchards, which means that we now import around 95% of all cherries! The main goal of National Cherry Day is to maintain our traditional orchards. If everyone eats one home-grown cherry each, the future of British cherries will be looking up in no time!

Cherry Yogurt IceTry this irresistible
Cherry Yogurt Ice

Recipe taken from
Hearty & Healthy
Dairy Cookbook


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Cherry Yogurt Ice

Cherry Yogurt IceWhen cherries are plentiful, make a batch of this creamy low fat ice cream for a refreshing treat. You can also make it with raspberries, strawberries or blueberries. 

Preparation time 10 minutes
Freezing time 6 hours but less with an ice-cream maker
Calories per portion 146 Kcal
Fat per portion 2g of which saturated 0.9g
Serves 8
Suitable for vegetarians + freezing

Low fat vanilla bio live yogurt 2 x 500g tubs
Semi-skimmed milk 6 tbsp
Caster sugar 25g (1oz)
Cherries 225g (8oz), halved and stoned

1 Pour one tub of yogurt into a large plastic container. Whisk in the milk and sugar and then whisk in the other pot of yogurt. Put the lid on and freeze for 3 hours until almost solid.

2 Break up the icy mixture and whisk well until almost smooth. Stir in the halved cherries and put the mixture back in the freezer for another3 hours until firm. Take the ice cream out of the freezer 10 minutes before serving.

Cook’s tip
If you have an ice-cream maker, put the yogurt mixture in and follow the manufacturer’s instructions, adding the cherries towards the end of the process.

Recipe taken from Hearty & Healthy Dairy Cookbook.

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