Why Eat Cherries?
Low in calories, High in vitamin A and C, contain no cholesterol and almost No fat.
The riper the better: as cherries darken, they produce more antioxidants.
Cherries a natural source of melatonin, a regulator of the sleep-wake cycle. They reduce insomnia and promote a longer, better quality of sleep.
Tart cherries are one of the richest sources of anthocyanin, a natural compound that inhibits inflammation and contributes to the ruby-red color and distinctive sour-sweet taste.
Sweet and Tart cherries are rich in beta carotene, vitamin C, anthocyanins and quercetin, which may work together to synergistically prevent genetic mutations and fight cancer.
Sweet cherries are loaded with potassium, a natural blood-pressure reducer.
Both type of cherries offer a number of health benefits, however the Tart cherry has a higher concentration of antioxidants.Tart: Approximately 310 milligrams in 100 grams of fruit. Black (Sweet): Approximately 100 to 150 milligrams per 100 grams. **The tart taste is an indication of the amount of anthocyanins inside
What do Cherries do for your health?
Increase sleep time duration and quality
Boost production of detoxifying enzymes
Strengthen immune function
Combat cancer and limit production of cancer-related hormones
Help balance your blood pressure and reduce hypertension
May help lower levels of cholesterol and triglycerides
Reduces uric acid levels
Inhibit the aggregation and adhesion of platelets in blood
Reduce risk of stroke, myocardial infarction, and heart disease
Fight inflammation linked to arthritis and gout
Decrease muscle pain and damage
Lower risk of gout attacks
Ease post workout soreness
Help manage osteoarthritis
Nutrient Profile – Macronutrients
Nutrient Profile – Micronutrients
Growing and Harvesting Cherries:
Tart cherries are harvested in July, but you probably won’t find them fresh unless you live in one of the growing regions.
It takes about five years after a Tart cherry tree is planted before you can mechanically harvest the fruit. Otherwise, the trunk is just too fragile to withstand the shaking from the equipment.
The cherries gently tumble in the trough-like container
And are immediately plopped into cold water.
The cherries are left in the tankfuls of water to cool down and soften, before being trucked to a processing plant where they’re pitted and then typically frozen, before they’re turned into all sorts of different products.
This clip illustrates the passion behind those who grow and harvest cherries: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xw08cbVT0bE#t=35
How to prepare and eat Cherries:
Cherries can be enjoyed year-round
and can be eaten raw, dried, frozen, or juiced
Tart cherries are rarely sold fresh, the fruit is highly perishable and the gems simply won’t hold up to the shipping
Due to the higher natural sugar content, many people prefer to eat the fresh Black(Sweet) cherry over the fresh Tart cherry
However, when baking the Tart cherry is best. The majority recipes suggest to use Tart cherries when making cherry pies.
The Choose Cherries Website recipe database offers plenty of nutritious options to help you include dried and frozen tart cherries and cherry juice in a variety of dishes for any meal, occasion or season.
Remember, the darker the color, the bolder the taste, the more anthocyanins inside.
*** Also, that 2/3 of the phytonutritients are found in the skins
The Choose Cherries recipe: Warm Salmon, Cherry and Arugula Salad
Montmorency is the varietal of tart cherry (Prunus cerasus) most commonly grown in the U.S. and Canada. The name comes from a valley in the northern suburbs of Paris, France, where tart cherries were first cultivated in the 18th century.
Now, more than 94 percent of tart cherries consumed in the U.S. are grown in the U.S. In fact, Traverse City, Michigan, is considered the Cherry Capital of the World. Utah, Washington, New York, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania are other prominent tart cherry-producing states.
A newer variety of tart cherry that’s being grown in Michigan is called the Balaton, named after a lake in Hungary. The new tart cherry variety that would bloom later and be less vulnerable to Michigan’s occasional late spring freeze, which devastated last year’s crop.
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Health Benefits: http://www.choosecherries.com/
Nutrient Profile: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/1861/2
Health Benefits: http://www.nutritionunplugged.com/2013/07/a-visit-to-cherry-country/
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Health Benefits: http://www.traversebayfarms.com/tart-cherry-vs-black-cherry.htm
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