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KayDee Gilkey Colorado Proud June Recipe Celebrates Cherries
by KayDee Gilkey, click here for bio

Program: Colorado Ag Today
Date: July 03, 2017

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Each month, the Colorado Department of Agriculture features a different commodity to highlight the variety and quality of products grown, raised or processed in the state. Colorado Department of Agriculture Marketing Specialist Wendy White shares more about this month’s featured commodity

White: “July we are celebrating cherries. It’s Colorado’s first fresh fruit crop of the season but you really have to get them before they are gone. So they are here early but they don’t last long. They are grown primarily on the Western Slope in Mesa and Delta Counties. Right now they are available and we are featuring them in a Smoked Cherry Turnover — which looks fantastic.”

Not only are they fat free and sodium free, cherries also contain other important nutrients such as beta carotene, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and fiber. Select firm, red cherries with stems attached. Avoid those that are soft, shriveled or blemished. Look for Colorado cherries at your local grocery store, farmers’ market or on the menu at restaurants across the state.

White continues with more on why the recipes mentions “smoked” cherries

White: “There is a little bit of smoked sea salt in the recipe that adds that nice smokey flavor. Actually salts have become very popular so you can find them in just about any grocery store and the smoked version is pretty popular so you should be able to find it wherever you shop. If not you might have to go to a specialty food store.”

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