Media Release – Friday 16 November 2012

The town of Young in NSW is getting ready to celebrate both the National Cherry Festival and the Christmas festive season, and what better way to join in the fun than to devour a big bowl of cherries from Young, the Cherry Capital of Australia.

“Young cherries are not just delicious, they are an excellent source of antioxidants and are jam-packed with Vitamin C,” said Claire Myers, Marketing Officer at the Young Visitor Centre and Treasurer of the National Cherry Festival Committee.

But it’s the optimum growing conditions that make the cherries from Young taste so good.

“For the fruit to set correctly, cherries need a chill time of below 7 degrees.  The soil in Young is also rich in red granite and we have low rainfall in November and December, all of which result in our famous and delicious cherries,” Claire continued.

Cherries are a great addition to summer salads, desserts and even pasta.  And let’s not forget that cherries are also an iconic Australian treat during the festive season.

Why not try adding some Young cherries to your next dish? The perfect addition to Christmas lunch or a summer function, this simple recipe is sure to have guests coming back for seconds.

Cherry Baked Brie

Take 2/3 cup of pitted cherries, 1/3 cup sugar and 1 cup of water. Boil for 8 minutes. Meanwhile place a medium sized double cream brie in the oven for a few minutes until it softens. Toast 1 cup of pecans. Remove brie from oven top with pecans and cherry syrup.

For more fun with cherries make sure to visit the annual National Cherry Festival in Young from 30 November – 2 December 2012.  There’ll be fun events and activities for all tastes and ages.  For the full program go to http://www.visityoung.com.au/pages/2012-cherry-festival/.

For more information on Young including accommodation options and other attractions go to www.visityoung.com.au.

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