Cherries (Prunus avium)

Cherries (Prunus avium)

Cherries (Prunus avium)

Cherries are a delicious sweet fruit with a limited season.  Cherries also bruise quite easily and develop soft spots if mishandled, so it is best to select cherries carefully.  Select firm, full colored cherries that are free of splits or other damage.  Green stems are also a good indication of freshness.  Cherries can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.  The most widely grown variety of red cherry is the Bing.   Another less grown red cherry variety is the Lambert, which are harvested about a week after the Bing.  A caution: cherries often have a higher pesticide residue than most other fruits, so it is best to thoroughly wash them immediately before eating.  See the nutritional chart below:

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Cherries, sweet, raw

Scientific Name: Prunus avium

NDB No: 09070

Nutrient Units Value per
100 grams of
edible portion
Number
of Data
Points
Std.
Error
1.00 X 1 cup, with pits, yields 
——-
117g
Proximates
Water
g
82.25
12
0.546
96.23
Energy
kcal
63
0
0
74
Energy
kj
263
0
0
308
Protein
g
1.06
8
0.075
1.24
Total lipid (fat)
g
0.20
8
0.017
0.23
Ash
g
0.48
8
0.065
0.56
Carbohydrate, by difference
g
16.01
0
0
18.73
Fiber, total dietary
g
2.1
8
0.212
2.5
Sugars, total
g
12.82
0
0
15.00
Sucrose
g
0.15
10
0.081
0.18
Glucose (dextrose)
g
6.59
13
0.615
7.71
Fructose
g
5.37
13
0.44
6.28
Lactose
g
0.00
4
0
0.00
Maltose
g
0.12
5
0.12
0.14
Galactose
g
0.59
4
0.307
0.69
Starch
g
0.00
2
0
0.00
Minerals
Calcium, Ca
mg
13
64
0.101
15
Iron, Fe
mg
0.36
65
0.005
0.42
Magnesium, Mg
mg
11
65
0.07
13
Phosphorus, P
mg
21
63
0.135
25
Potassium, K
mg
222
65
1.196
260
Sodium, Na
mg
0
64
0.015
0
Zinc, Zn
mg
0.07
65
0.002
0.08
Copper, Cu
mg
0.060
65
0.001
0.070
Manganese, Mn
mg
0.070
65
0.001
0.082
Selenium, Se
mcg
0.0
4
0.018
0.0
Vitamins
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
mg
7.0
8
1.588
8.2
Thiamin
mg
0.027
8
0.004
0.032
Riboflavin
mg
0.033
8
0.004
0.039
Niacin
mg
0.154
8
0.006
0.180
Pantothenic acid
mg
0.199
8
0.017
0.233
Vitamin B-6
mg
0.049
8
0.004
0.057
Folate, total
mcg
4
4
0.85
5
Folic acid
mcg
0
0
0
0
Folate, food
mcg
4
4
0.85
5
Folate, DFE
mcg_DFE
4
0
0
5
Vitamin B-12
mcg
0.00
0
0
0.00
Vitamin A, IU
IU
64
0
0
75
Vitamin A, RAE
mcg_RAE
3
0
0
4
Retinol
mcg
0
0
0
0
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)
mg
0.07
5
0.01
0.08
Tocopherol, beta
mg
0.01
5
0.01
0.01
Tocopherol, gamma
mg
0.04
5
0.035
0.05
Tocopherol, delta
mg
0.00
5
0
0.00
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
mcg
2.1
5
0.6
2.5
Lipids
Fatty acids, total saturated
g
0.038
0
0
0.044
4:0
g
0.000
0
0
0.000
6:0
g
0.000
0
0
0.000
8:0
g
0.000
0
0
0.000
10:0
g
0.000
0
0
0.000
12:0
g
0.000
0
0
0.000
14:0
g
0.001
1
0
0.001
16:0
g
0.027
1
0
0.032
18:0
g
0.009
1
0
0.011
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated
g
0.047
0
0
0.055
16:1 undifferentiated
g
0.001
1
0
0.001
18:1 undifferentiated
g
0.047
1
0
0.055
20:1
g
0.000
0
0
0.000
22:1 undifferentiated
g
0.000
0
0
0.000
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated
g
0.052
0
0
0.061
18:2 undifferentiated
g
0.027
1
0
0.032
18:3 undifferentiated
g
0.026
1
0
0.030
18:4
g
0.000
0
0
0.000
20:4 undifferentiated
g
0.000
0
0
0.000
20:5 n-3
g
0.000
0
0
0.000
22:5 n-3
g
0.000
0
0
0.000
22:6 n-3
g
0.000
0
0
0.000
Cholesterol
mg
0
0
0
0
Phytosterols
mg
12
0
0
14
Amino acids
Tryptophan
g
0.009
0
0
0.011
Threonine
g
0.022
0
0
0.026
Isoleucine
g
0.020
0
0
0.023
Leucine
g
0.030
0
0
0.035
Lysine
g
0.032
0
0
0.037
Methionine
g
0.010
0
0
0.012
Cystine
g
0.010
0
0
0.012
Phenylalanine
g
0.024
0
0
0.028
Tyrosine
g
0.014
0
0
0.016
Valine
g
0.024
0
0
0.028
Arginine
g
0.018
0
0
0.021
Histidine
g
0.015
0
0
0.018
Alanine
g
0.026
0
0
0.030
Aspartic acid
g
0.569
0
0
0.666
Glutamic acid
g
0.083
0
0
0.097
Glycine
g
0.023
0
0
0.027
Proline
g
0.039
0
0
0.046
Serine
g
0.030
0
0
0.035
Other
Alcohol, ethyl
g
0.0
0
0
0.0
Caffeine
mg
0
0
0
0
Theobromine
mg
0
0
0
0
Carotene, beta
mcg
38
6
10.929
44
Carotene, alpha
mcg
0
2
0
0
Cryptoxanthin, beta
mcg
0
2
0
0
Lycopene
mcg
0
2
0
0
Lutein + zeaxanthin
mcg
85
2
0
99

USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 16-1 (2004)

About Kimberly Hosler

An ethical vegan since June 2007, Kimberly is a NYS licensed Massage Therapist & a Director at All-Creatures. She serves as the current VP of the Albany Vegan Network and is the Founder & President of the Albany Vegan Lady Gang. She also enjoys volunteering at local Farm Sanctuaries. She lives in Upstate NY with her two kitties and senior blind yorkie and she also has two grown human children.

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