Cherries health benefits & facts:

  1. Cherries belong to the rose family.
  2. Fruit production starts three to four years after planting. Tree reaches maturity after seven years.
  3. Amazingly delicious, cherry fruit is packed with full of health-benefiting nutrients and unique antioxidants. All cherries are high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, which may reduce chronic disease risk and promote overall health.
  4. Consuming cherries, especially tart cherry products (like juice), may improve athletic performance and reduce exercise-induced muscle damage and soreness.
  5. Cherry contains anti-inflammatory compounds and melatonin, which may help improve sleep quality in some people.
  6. Cherries are one of the very low calorie fruits.

Here are some way to enjoy cherries:

  • Enjoy them fresh as a sweet snack.
  • Pair dried cherries with dark chocolate chips, unsweetened coconut flakes, and salted almonds for a delicious  energy snack.
  • Make a cherry compote out of frozen tart or sweet cherries and spoon on yogurt, oatmeal, or chia pudding.
  • Add halved, pitted cherries to a fruit salad.
  • Incorporate dried cherries into baked goods for a kick of natural sweetness.
  • Add a bit of tart cherry juice to sparkling water and top with a lemon wedge for a fun mocktail.
  • Add fresh or cooked cherries to ice cream, pies, crumbles, and other desserts.
  • Make a homemade cherry barbecue sauce to use with meat or poultry dishes.
  • Whip up a cherry salsa with diced cherries and fresh herbs like basil to serve alongside savoury meals.
  • Add frozen cherries to your favourite smoothie.

Cherries are best paired with herbs like sage, chives, and verbena; dairy products like ricotta cheese and sweet cream; and with meats like pork and beef especially when black pepper is added.