A juice cherry is an idyllic summertime treat for children and adults alike. With a ruby-red skin and a tiny pit, cherries are one of the tastiest species of fleshy drupes belonging to the Prunus group of trees.

Nutrition of a Cherry

These bitesize fruits contain potassium, fiber, iron, calcium, magnesium, plus vitamins A, B-6, and C. On top of that, cherries are chock-full of antioxidants providing healing effects and anti-inflammatory properties for the body. Recent research claims cherries have fat-fighting enzymes, and some experts suggest including low-calorie cherries as nutrient-rich snacks in weight loss plans. The best time to incorporate seasonally fresh cherries into your diet is from

June to August, when farmers markets are overflowing with sweet cherries. Although highly perishable, you can find fresh, frozen, dried, juiced, and canned cherries in stores year-round.

Many consider the all-American summertime dessert to be cherry pie, which is best when baked with sour cherries. Sour cherries tend to hold their round shape better than sweet cherries when cooked.

A sour cherry also provides an acidic, tart flavor that blends nicely with sugar and other sweeteners used in making pies, cakes, and pastries. When it comes to snacking, however, nothing can match the deliciousness of enjoying a chilled bowl of sweet cherries outside on a summer day.

Did you know experts also suggest that cherries may increase melatonin in the body and help you get your beauty rest? Do you have any cherry-picked facts to share or ideas for cherry recipes? Let us know via our Twitter or Facebook page. Our goal is to help you eat well, live long, and travel far! [Meet our Doctors Here]

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