A bite of the Bri­tish cherry

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❍ In peak sea­son, Bri­tons con­sume about 1,000 tons of cher­ries a week

❍ Bri­tain has lost 90% of the cherry or­chards it once had—95% of cher­ries seen in shops are im­ported from Spain, Turkey and the USA

❍ Cher­ries are full of an­tiox­i­dants, are packed with vi­ta­min C, are anti-in­flam­ma­tory, are good for arthri­tis and are a rich source of mela­tonin. They can also help cure gout

❍ The old­est-known cherry recipes fea­ture in The Forme of Cury, writ­ten in about 1390, which ad­vised pick­ing them on June 24 and ‘do­ing away with the stones’

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