The cherry blossoms announce the spring equinox and carry a whole symbology that the peoples of the Far East have incorporated into their rites and culture.
The Japanese see in them one of the manifestations of pure beauty. The sakura flower is a symbol of purity and the emblem of the bushi or chivalrous ideal.
For the samurai that same flower turned towards the sun symbolizes the devotion of their lives.
In Japanese cities, ornamental cherry trees abound, which do not bear fruit, but which are cultivated for their decorative value and for being a national emblem.
And in honor of its spectacular flowering, the hanami festival is celebrated , in which family and friends gather to share food under the shade of their glasses.
The Cherry are matured in the tree, protected individually and transported by air from Colombia to Asia and Europe, protected in boxes specifically designed for conservation.
The average dimensions of each fruit are 6 to 7 cm long and 4 to 6 cm in diameter. Its average weight is 150 g The product is marketed in boxes of 10 to 12 units of approximately 2.5Kg each
The fruit, its packaging and packaging comply with all import regulations of fresh food to Asia and Europe
Origin of Cherry
It is believed that cherry is native to Asia Minor and that its cultivation comes from the ancient Greek colony Kerasos, the current Giresun, on the Black Sea coast.
Birds and human migrations contributed to its diffusion and today the cherry tree is grown in many areas of the world with a mild climate. The countries with the highest production are Turkey, Russia, the United States, Germany, Italy, France and Spain.
Cherry trees belong to the Rosaceae family, of the genus prunus, such as apricot, plum or peach. They descend from two wild species: the Prunus avium, with sweet fruits and dark color, and the Prunus cerasus, with more acidic fruits and bright red color.
Nutritional benefits of Cherry
These juicy red pearls are very healthy and you cannot expect adverse reactions from their consumption, although only people with digestive difficulties or prone to kidney stones should eat them in moderation, due to their oxalic acid content.
• Rheumatism and arthritis. Due to their cleansing and antioxidant components, as well as the presence of salicylic acid, cherries have anti-inflammatory properties.
• Diabetes. They reduce the risk of occurrence of this disease and its complications (retinopathy, etc.). In addition, they are well tolerated by diabetics for their fructose and levulose content, with a low glycemic index.
• Liver disorders. They help reduce the levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood and their possible accumulation in the liver. They also prevent the formation of gallstones.
• Heart. Several phenolic components that abound in the cherry protect the cardiovascular system and prevent angina pectoris and myocardial infarction.
• Obesity. They are recommended in diets to reduce weight due to its satiating, laxative and diuretic effect. This is due to its content in fiber, water and potassium, as well as the low contribution of lipids and sodium.
• Beauty. Thanks to its vitamins A and C they protect and soften the skin. They also favor tanning because of their carotene content and can help reduce cellulite, as they improve microcirculation and inflammation of the subcutaneous tissue.
• Intestinal disorders. Its regulatory action improves constipation and meteorism (excessive gas formation).
• Drop. To lower uric acid levels, nothing better than a cherry cure. Some gouty assure that when they notice the first symptoms of an attack, 30 cherries are enough to calm it down.
• Cancer Its richness in bioflavonoids, especially anthocyanins, pigments to which they owe their bluish reddish color and that have antioxidant properties, capable of preventing cell degeneration, eating cherries helps reduce the risk of cancer, particularly that of colon. Its ellagic acid content reinforces its protective properties.
• Anti aging. The components of the cherry purify the body and protect the nervous and vascular system (prevent atherosclerosis); for this reason it can be considered an «antiaging» food.
• Dream. Its richness in melatonin, a hormone that secretes the pineal gland at night helps regulate sleep.
Mode of consumption of Cherry
Cherries reach their fullness in spring, although some variety lasts until late summer. In addition to being consumed as table fruit, it is also possible to include them in salads, soups, sauces, desserts, ice cream or as a side dish of meat dishes.
There are sweet, sour and mixed. One of the main differences is that established between cherries and pillory. Cherries – generally sweet – have a long and thin tail, while the pillots – larger, red and dark, and slightly acidic – are sold without the tail, as it naturally emerges when they are harvested.
PURCHASE AND CONSERVATION
Cherries don’t like sudden temperature changes. They should be kept in the upper part of the refrigerator, without stacking them and covered with film or a cloth, a maximum of three days. As they do not increase their sweetness after harvesting, they should be chosen and consumed at their point.
Uses hot air to evaporate the water from the fruit, getting the lowest humidity at the best cost.
Our fruits ripen on the tree, are exported by air, and in a couple of days can be on the table of the consumer
Removes the water by freezing and sublimation –vacuum at 30ºC.
The fastest way to reach results is to monitor the progress you make.
Transforms the fruit into pulp whitch is easily rehydrated.
Fruits are recognized at their optimum ripeness, just when they are tastier and more nutritious. It can be washed, cut, packaged and frozen in just a few hours to get to the table at its best.