Cherries: Good and Good for You

When you notice fresh cherries in the produce department, it’s a sure sign that summer has arrived! These seasonal, nutritional superstars are only available fresh for a short period of time—this explains why fresh cherries are a favorite ingredient for sweet summertime desserts.
While it’s easy to only think about our beloved fruits in terms of treats for our taste buds, it’s important to remember that they also offer so many wonderful health benefits. And cherries are no exception.
Tart cherries have been shown to reduce pain from arthritis and help reduce post-exercise joint and muscle pain. And tart cherries have been linked to heart health benefits, including anti-inflammation, reductions in cholesterol levels, and decreased risk for atherosclerosis syndrome.
Sweet cherries are rich in anthocyanins, beta carotene, quercetin, and vitamin C. Sweet cherries also offer a great source of potassium, which is a natural blood-pressure reducer. One cup of ruby red cherries offers approximately the same amount of potassium as one small banana.
This summer, take note of sweet and sour cherries and incorporate them into your menus! From freshly baked cherry pies to cherry-chipotle barbecue sauce to serve with grilled chicken, and even cherry studded burgers, cherries are a sought-after summer commodity!