Cherries are stone fruits, related to plums, apricots, and more distantly to peaches and nectarines. Cherries are not only appetizing to the eyes and taste buds, they are also loaded with antioxidants, including anthocyanin (pigment that give cherry its bright red color), quercitin and ellagic acid, that are amazingly healthy for the body and skin.
- Are prescribed for epilepsy by ancient physician.
- Help digestion because it stimulates the secretion of digestive juices.
- Diuretic, meaning they promote the release of urine. It is therefore effective as kidney cleanser.
- High in iron, and is a wonderful gall bladder and liver cleanser. Take 6 0z glass of black cherry juice each morning to detoxify the gallbladder and liver.
- Cherry juice is an excellent laxative because it is high in pectin, a soluble fiber that lowers cholesterol, prevent colon cancer and aid in fat loss.
- High in potassium, mineral that helps keep blood pressure low, therefore limiting the risk for heart attack, stroke, hypertension, and other heart-related illnesses.
- Help prevent varicose veins because it strengthen the blood vessel walls. The stronger they are the less likely the varicose veins will develop.
- Beneficial for gout, a disease that is characterized by an excess of uric acid in the blood. According to studies people with gout who ate 15-20 cherries a day were able to cure their gout.
- Good source of melatonin, which can help prevent insomnia especially in older people.
- Contain vitamin A, a nutrient that’s beneficial for eye health.
- Has potential antibacterial agent that can prevent cavities. In the study, black cherry juice blocked the enzyme activity leading to plaque formation.
- Red cherries can help remove phlegm.
- Makes a wonderful face mask because its acidic property dissolves dead skin and keeps the skin clear.
- The vitamin C content helps strengthen collagen, helping combat visible effects of aging. Eat fresh, uncooked cherries to retain the most vitamin C benefit from them.
Nutrient Content of Cherries: Per 100 gm.
- Vitamin A: 620 I.U.
- Vitamin B: Thiamine .05 mg.; Riboflavin .06mg.; Niacin .4mg.
- Vitamin C: 8 mg.
- Calcium: 18mg.
- Iron: .4mg.
- Phosphorus: 20mg.
- Fat: .5gm.
- Carbohydrates: 14.8gm.
- Protein: .5gm.
- Calories: 61
Types of Cherry: California is the leading producer of Sweet Cherry; while Michigan is the leading producer of Sour Cherry. Sweet Cherries are sold fresh in most grocery stores. Sour Cherries are generally found in pies, juices and other edible substances. Sour varieties are smaller than the sweet varieties.
- Montgomery – This variety is best known as sour cherry. It is mostly canned or frozen for use as pie filling or sauce.
- Bing is the most popular sweet cherry. Bing is very large, heart shaped, has deep maroon skin that is close to black when fully ripe. It is firm, rich flavored, and stands up well.
- Lambert is the second most popular sweet cherry. It has similar qualities to Bing but a little smaller and is more heart shaped.
- Windsor is another popular sweet cherry, and its color is dark red to almost black.
- Rainer is sweet with a yellow or pinkish skin. It is milder and sweeter than the Bing. However, this variety is grown in limited quantities.
- Royal Ann is the leading light-colored cherry (yellow with tinges of red). It is large and very sweet. It is often canned or made into maraschino cherries.
- Medical studies validates that sour cherries are more superior to sweet cherries in their medicinal properties.
- Studies show that cherry juice concentrate has over 17 times more antioxidants than red grapes.
Tips on how to buy Cherry:
- Buy cherries that have been kept cool and moist, as flavor and texture both suffer at warm temperatures.
- Good cherries should be large (one inch or more in diameter), glossy, plump, hard and dark-colored for their variety. Buy cherries with stems on – they should be fresh and green.
- Reject undersized cherries or those that are soft or flabby.
“This post was originally posted on December 30, 2011 @22:01″