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Homemade Cherry Compote and some Facts about Cherry

As I said previously, for celebrating cherry season (read: Low price cherry) here in Turkey I will post some recipe using this fascinating cherry. And read some facts about this little cute fruit below that I copy from some sources.

Some great facts and advantages about this Cherry:
* Cherry contain anthocyanins which combat diabetes (lowers blood sugar levels)
* Consuming fresh Cherry also can reduce levels of cholesterol in the blood.

As reported by genius beauty, cherry juice can improve your sleep quality. Research has shown that people who had been drinking cherry juice without the sugar in the morning and evening, have better sleep than those who drink other juice in the same amount. The average duration of their sleep improved by 17 minutes after eating cherry juice.
The content of the cherry juice affects melatonin in the body. Melatonin is a hormone that regulates sleep and wake cycles, as manifested by Wilfred Pigeon, a psychiatrist the University of Rochester in New York

Well, after knowing the fact of these cherry.. let's make this one also, shall we? ^,^

 500 grams of fresh cherry fruit, pitted and clean the stem.
 7 tablespoons granulated sugar (or you can use diabetes sugar for a healthy reason)
 ¾ tsp citric acid (or can be replaced with 2 tablespoons lemon juice)
 ¾ cup water
 ½ tsp Vanilla extract

In a heavy-bottom sauce pan, put sugar, water and citric acid, bring to almost boiling and  sugar dissolves. Put in fresh cherry, stir very gently until all cherries covered with the syrup, let it cook about 2 ~ 3 minutes.
If you cook it too long, cherry will soft and tend to crushed, but if you like it that way (slightly like jam), you can also cook them a bit longer.
Let stand until room temperature before storage in sterile jars. Keep refrigerated

(Yield about 700 gr). You can double the recipe to make more yield.



  1. Again, I'm so sad we don't have locally grown cherries. The weather makes it difficult to grow. Personally, I'd prefer to eat these for my aches and pains and as a health tonic than all those supplements and pills :D The compote looks delicious!

  2. That compote looks great with those red, plump, sugary cherries! Too bad cherries here are super expensive!

  3. cherries are such a delight! this compote would be super on anything - bread, desserts, salads, meat, everything!

  4. Wow so good. Love cherries. Great post.

  5. This post is so informative...a ready reckoner to information on cherries! Loved reading your post.

    This compote sounds really unique. Would love to try this

  6. This looks delicious. Thank you for the information about cherries as well!

  7. oh its cherry season here too, but rather pricey stil.. thks for sharing this, enak nih! :)

  8. Love this post and love cherries. I had no idea we lived right across the border from the cherry capital. No wonder we see so many here. I just told my daughter about the cherry juice and sleep too. We both suffer from insomnia. Good info here.

  9. I love cherries so much and I ALWAYS eat them in the summer and whenever I can get my hands on them! Thanks for the recipe and for the info!


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