Seasonal Fruit Friday: The Cherry
It’s May which means Mother’s Day, May flowers, springtime, and CHERRIES! I never buy cherries until they are in season, which makes this month an exciting time. They are not only delicious, but they contain melatonin, which can help you get to sleep. According to Choose Cherries, cherries have many other health benefits:
Research has linked tart cherries to anti-inflammatory benefits, reduced pain from gout and arthritis and an extensive list of heart health benefits. Recent studies even suggest tart cherries can help reduce post-exercise muscle and joint pain.
After reading all of the great things cherries can do, I can’t wait to make some of the healthy recipes listed below!
Most cherries are bright to dark red in color, about the size of the tip of your thumb. When I say bright red, don’t be fooled into picking up a jar of Maraschino cherries and calling it a healthy serving of fruit.
Ripe cherries are firm and glossy on the outside with a pit on the inside. Yes, there is a pit on the inside so don’t swallow it or you will have a cherry tree growing in your stomach (just kidding)!
Depending on the variety, cherries can be sweet or sour. The sour variety is lower in calories and higher in Vitamin C and beta carotene and used for pie filling or sauce. The Bing Cherry is the most popular sweet cherry, but if you must know all of the varieties, you can read about them here.
I say if you don’t usually get cherries, carpe diem and pick some up while they’re good! Just click on the links below and you’ll have at least 4 reasons to pick up a bunch today.