Wimbledon Fortnight is over. Move over strawberries, today is all about the humble cherry!
July 16th is National Cherry Day in the UK, and to celebrate, here’s some fun facts:
- Cherries were said to be introduced to Britain by the Romans
- They are part of the Rosaceae (rose) family which also includes almonds, peaches, apricots and plums.
- The name is believed to derive from the Turkish city of Cerasus
- Red cherries contain melatonin which helps fight harmful toxins, and are an antioxidant.
- The record for the biggest cherry pie was 18,000 kg!
- Cherries are a good source of vitamin C, vitamin A, calcium, protein, iron and potassium.
- Sittingbourne, is the heart of the traditional Kentish cherry-growing region.
Holmach has a number of solutions for preserving cherries:
Remember those vermouth cocktails that used to come with cocktail cherries and an umbrella? Well, vermouth is making a comeback and so are cocktail cherries. Holmach has worked with the UK’s leading provider of these preserved fruits, supplying Niko high-speed fillers for one of its fruit processing lines.
German manufacturer Niko, is considered the world leader in the supply of in-container tunnel pasteurisers and coolers. The company also has many years of expertise in liquid and solid fillers for pickled/preserved fruit and vegetables.
If you prefer to make conserve, for smaller batches and NPD, Roboqbo is an ideal solution, although machines are available from 15-550 litre capacity. The vacuum jacketed cut-cook-chill vessel can produce high-quality, vibrant, flavoursome jam made from frozen fruit, in just EIGHT minutes. England’s best-loved conserve maker and Royal Warrant holders, ‘Tiptree’, use Roboqbos for some of its new product development.
Cherries also make a great dessert topping (Think pancakes in roadside restaurants) or for the more refined palate, why not use cherries to top a sponge dessert, as in this video from Roboqbo:
Don’t get in a jam, call Holmach today on 01780 749097.