Napoleon Cherry

by admin on October 29, 2014

Cherrieeeeeeeeeeees!The Napoleon cherry, also known as the Royal Ann or Queen Ann, is a sweet cherry used for desserts and in the process of making maraschino cherries. Like Rainier cherries, Napoleon cherries are considered to be in the “sweet” category, although they are a bit tart too (just not overwhelmingly so). People tend to eat them raw because of their delicious taste. Napoleon cherries are rather large and are usually a light red/pink color (sometimes they even look yellow), closely resembling Rainier cherries, which can lead to a lot of confusion.

Napoleon cherries are most commonly grown in Oregon and Michigan. You can find them both fresh and canned in the United States. If you wish to grow these types of cherries, remember that like most sweet cherry trees, they do not self-pollinate. They also do not grow well in areas with warm weathers.

Why go with Napoleon cherries over other types of sweet cherries? Well, Napoleon cherries are particularly good for canning. This is because they are rather large and juicy with firm skin; they do better through the canning process. This is one of the reasons Royal Ann cherries are used to make Maraschino cherries.

As is the case with other sweet types of cherries, Napoleon cherries do have health benefits. While these benefits are not as strong as with sour cherries, they are significant enough to mention. Cherries’ antioxidant properties have been known to reduce the risk of cancer in those who consume them regularly. With sweet cherries like the Napoleon, you just want to make sure you’re not overdoing it on the sugar intake. Napoleon cherries also contain vitamin C, which acts as a boost for your immune system.

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