LiveWell Louisiana

Cherry on Top

Get your hands on a brand new variety of oh-so-sweet cherries.
July 11th, 2016 by: Misty Miloto

Summer is fully upon us, and that means it’s time for wonderful, sweet and succulent fruit. Cherries are known for their many health benefits: they contain powerful antioxidants and cancer-preventing compounds. They also reduce inflammation and risk of gout; they support healthy sleep; they lower your risk of stroke; and they provide arthritis pain relief. And good news for summer: They also help reduce belly fat. Bikinis anyone?

A major West Coast cherry grower, Stemlit, is offering a brand new type of cherry on the market called Skylar Rae. It is one of only three commercial varieties in the world. It’s also the sweetest cherry on the market, with a beautiful blush color and firm skin. Once you take a bite, you’ll notice the bright yellow flesh inside. The Skylar Rae cherry is highly sought after during its short five-week season from early June through early July. And it’s no wonder, as they are great as a snack, a gourmet salad topper and as garnish for summertime drinks.