A highland fling

our wee adventure on the Black Isle

Yunquera cherries – a sweet treat!

Anyone out there like cherries? If you do, you must come to Yunquera!

The climate here is perfect for cherries – mild winters, lots of spring rain, and loads and loads of sun. It’s well known that cherries do not grow in the villages that surround us, only is our micro climate suited to these luscious bits of fruit.

And they’re good for you, too. Aside from providing fiber and vitamin C, new evidence links cherries to many important health benefits – from helping to ease the pain of arthritis, to reducing risk factors for heart disease, diabetes and more. Cherries also contain melatonin, which has been found to help regulate the body’s natural sleep patterns, aid with jet lag, prevent memory loss and delay the aging process.

Wow. I can hear you say

I just gotta get me some of them little baby fruits !! 🙂

Here at Casa Tyr, we have several types of cherry trees. I don’t know the varieties, but we have red ones, bigger red ones, yellow ones with a pink blush, and so on. (come on guys, I know there is a cherry expert out there who can tell me what the real names are!!)

Cherries are also special because they are the first fruit that we pick. Today, we picked 5 kilos of the early red variety, and friends picked another five or six kilos for themselves. We also gorged on them while we picked! The cherries have now been sorted, washed, and are in the freezer, ready to be eaten one cold, winter’s day. Ahhhh….the taste of spring!

Casa Tyr cherries

Casa Tyr cherries (photo by Kenton@imagenary.co.uk)

Author: Ann Larson

One-time IT executive who lives on a 22 acre olive farm in Spain with husband Kenton and 2 boxer dogs. We make Yunquera Gold olive oil, and soap and skincare products from same. We aim to make natural, fresh, and handmade products at affordable prices!

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