Cherries and Health Benefits
The cherry is one of healthiest fruits you can eat. Cherries are delicious and they are good for you. They also rank at the top as one of the fruits that can lower risks of diseases and illnesses.
Cherries are plentiful because the United States is the second largest grower in the world after Turkey. The stone fruit is produced in four different states, including California, Michigan, Oregon, and Washington. Washington leads the country in its production of sweet cherries. Michigan is the state that produces most of the tart cherries.
Cherries have long green stems and range in color from various shades of red to yellow to purplish-black. They are classified as a stone fruit and are related to peaches and plums because they all have a hard pit.
There are sweet cherries that are eaten fresh. There are also tart or sour cherries used for jam, juices and baked goods. Most of the cherries you see in the grocery stores are sweet.
Even though cherries are in grocery stores year round, the best months for buying them are June and July
Nutritional Value of Cherries
Because of their nutritional value and health benefits, people should eat cherries every chance they get.
One cup, or about 21 cherries, contains only 97 calories, 25 grams of carbohydrates, 20 grams of sugar, and 15 percent of your daily vitamin C needs. They are also a good source of potassium. In fact, one cup of cherries has as much potassium as a small banana.
The stone fruit is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that can lower the risk of heart disease, cancer, gout, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes. Cherries can lower cholesterol, aid in weight loss and help people sleep better at night. They help relieve muscle aches and pains after exercise.
The downside about cherries is that a large portion of their calories come from the sugar that is in them.
Sweet red cherries differ in nutritional value than sour red cherries. Sour cherries contain a slightly higher content of vitamin C and vitamin A.
Whether sweet or tart, cherries are not only good, but they are also very good for you and your health.
Ways to Eat Cherries
Cherries are a fresh and delicious snack any time of the year. There are several ways to eat cherries. They can be eaten one by one as the perfect snack. They can be in hot oatmeal and other types of cold cereals. They are used as a filling for desserts such as cobblers and pies. They are placed on top of ice cream as a finishing touch. Don't leave cherries out of some of your drinks because they can be used in beverages as well.
Other then the cherry fruit, there are also cherry flavors in foods such as jello, popsicles, and sodas. While you can taste the cherry flavor, there is nothing more delicious than real raw cherries as a tasty treat.
Price of Cherries
Cherries in most grocery stores cost about the same. They are sold by the pound so you can purchases as many pounds as you like.
The price of cherries also fluctuate. When the price is higher, consumers complain. Usually, the complaint doesn't last long because the prices go soon go back down. Needless to say, some people purchase cherries no matter how much they cost.