Cherries are delicious and beautiful. Luckily for us they are also full of health-benefiting nutrients and unique antioxidants. Cherries are drupe fruits with a central “stony-hard” seed, surrounded by edible fleshy. Externally the fruits have bright “shiny” red or purple color with a very thin peel.
This wonderful fruit has an array of health benefits.
Cherries contain powerful antioxidants like anthocyannis and cyaniding.
Cherries have fiber, vitamin C, and carotenoids all of which help prevent cancer.
Cherries reduce Inflammation and risk of Gout
Cherries help support healthy sleeping by containing natural melatonin.
Cherries contain anti-inflammatory compounds which studies suggests help relieve pain from inflammatory osteoarthritis.
Cherries help reduce belly fat, they are low in calories, high in fiber, and are made of 75% water.
Cherries are made of pectin a soluble fibre that helps prevent heart disease by lowering “bad” cholesterol.
Cherries have been enjoyed for centuries and were enjoyed in ancient Rome, Greece, and China. It’s thought that sweet cherries originated in Asia and were likely carried to Europe by birds. It wasn’t until the 1600s when English colonists brought cherries to the US, where they are now grown in the Northwest as well as in Michigan. Interestingly, while cherry trees begin producing fruit after they’re about five years old, it takes 10 to 15 years for the plant to reach maturity.