Do Cherries and Strawberries go Together?

Bowl of cherries and strawberries

I love a bowl of mixed with strawberries and cherries. In a fruit salad or in a bowl they go very nicely together.

But what about baked goods, smoothies and other sweet dishes?

Yes, cherries and strawberries can go together in certain dishes such as smoothies but it’s a terribly common pairing of fruit.

Usually, it’s one or the other, especially in baked goods.  They both serve the same purpose so usually, there’s no reason to put them together.

Nevertheless, here are a few ideas for pairing cherries with strawberries.

Simple Dishes (Smoothies and Cocktails) that You Can Make with Strawberries and Cherries

Berry-licious Smoothie

Ingredients:

1) 1 cup ice cubes

2) 1 container low-fat strawberry yogurt (6 oz.)

3) A dozen strawberries

4) 1 ounce powdered cherry drink mix 1 kool-aid singles stick

Instructions:

  1. In a blender, combine all of the ingredients.
  2. Garnish with nuts and fresh fruit. It can be stored in an airtight jar for subsequent use.

Cherry-Berry Smoothie

Ingredients:

2) Two bananas

2) A dozen cherries

3) Nectarine (1 nectarine)

4)  1/2 gallon of water

5) A couple of ice cubes

Instructions:

  1.  In a blender, combine all of the ingredients.
  2. Garnish with nuts and fresh fruit. It can be stored in an airtight jar for subsequent use.

Clapp-Family Smoothie

Ingredients:

1) 1/2 cup apple juice

2) 4 cubes of ice

3) 3 tbsp yogurt (vanilla)

4) 3 strawberries, frozen

5) 3 cherries, frozen

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender and pour into an icy glass to enjoy.

Mocktail with Frozen Fruit

Ingredients:

1)  2 cups ice

2) 1 cup hulled strawberries

3) 1 cup fresh raspberries

4) 1 cup cherries (de-seeded)

5) 1 cup nectarines or peaches (skins removed)

6) Pineapple juice, 6 oz.

7) 2 tbsp. honey (raw)

Instructions:

In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth and thick. If you want it thicker, add additional ice.

Refreshing Summer Smoothie

Ingredients:

1) 1 cup coarsely chopped watermelon

2) 12 pitted ripe Cherries

3) 1/2 cup peeled, pitting, rough-sliced peaches (1 small peach)

4) 1/2 cup washed blueberries

5) Filtered Water (1/2 cup)

6) 1 Kale, big leaf

7) 1 half lemon, freshly squeezed

8) 1 cup washed, hulled, rough-sliced strawberries

Instructions:

  1. In a blender, combine all of the ingredients.
  2. Puree until smooth.

Cherries vs. Strawberries Nutrition Facts Compared (Chart)

Cherry vs Strawberry nutrition facts chart

Have you ever wondered how your favorite foods compare in terms of nutrition?

Using USDA and NIH data from 2020, we compared the nutritional values of cherries and strawberries (100g each) below.

For a fast rundown of key nutrients and distinctions between cherries and strawberries, consider the following:

  • Cherry is a good source of potassium.
  • Strawberry has 52 percent fewer carbohydrates and 62 percent fewer sugars than cherry.
  • Strawberry has more niacin and folate than cherry.

Below is a detailed nutritional comparison of cherries and strawberries.

Calories

Strawberry contains 49% fewer calories than cherry, with 32 calories per 100 grams against 63 calories per 100 grams.

In terms of macronutrient ratios, cherries are higher in carbohydrates, lower in fat, and similar in protein to strawberries. For protein, carbohydrates, and fat from calories, cherries have a macronutrient ratio of 6:91:3, while strawberries have an 8:86:7ratio.

Calories to Macro Ratios:

Cherries Strawberries

6 percent protein, 8% fat

Carbohydrates (91%) and fats (86%)

3% of the population is fat.

Fiber in the Diet

Strawberries and cherries have equal quantities of dietary fiber, with a strawberry containing 2g and a cherry containing 2.1g per 100 grams.

Sugar

Strawberry has 62 percent less sugar than cherry, with 4.9 grams per 100 grams against 12.8 grams per 100 grams.

Vitamins

Vitamin C

Strawberry has 740 percent more Vitamin C than cherry, with 58.8 mg of Vitamin C per 100 grams against 7 mg of Vitamin C in cherry.

Vitamin A

Strawberries and cherries have equal quantities of Vitamin A, with a strawberry containing 1ug and a cherry containing 3ug per 100 grams.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E levels in strawberries and cherries are similar: 0.29 mg per 100 grams for strawberries and 0.07 mg per 100 grams for cherries.

Vitamin K

Strawberries and cherries both have about the same amount of Vitamin K in them: 2.2ug per 100g for strawberries and 2.1ug for cherries.

The B-Vitamins

Strawberry contains higher niacin and folate than other fruits. Cherry and strawberry both have high levels of thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, and Vitamin B6.

Vitamin B6: 0.049 mg for cherries; 0.047 mg for strawberries.

Thiamin: 0.027 mg for cherries; 0.024 mg for strawberries.

Riboflavin: 0.033 mg for cherries; 0.022 mg for strawberries.

Niacin: 0.154 mg for cherries; 0.386 mg for strawberries.

Pantothenic Acid: 0.199 mg for cherries; 0.125 mg for strawberries.

Folate: 4ug for cherries; 24ug for strawberries.

Minerals

Calcium

Strawberries and cherries have similar calcium content: a strawberry has 16mg calcium per 100 grams, whereas a cherry has 13mg calcium per 100 grams.

Iron

Strawberries and cherries both have about the same amount of iron in them: 0.41 mg per 100 grams for strawberries and 0.36 mg for cherries.

Potassium

Cherry is a good source of potassium, with 45 percent more potassium per 100 grams than strawberry. Strawberry contains 153mg potassium per 100 grams, whereas cherry has 222mg potassium per 100 grams.

Related: Do cherries and blueberries go together?

Final Word:

To sum up, we hope that this blog will help you understand the nutritious differences between strawberries and cherries, as well as provide you with a few ideas as to how you can combine these two extremely healthy fruits.

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