Cherries

Share this post

Cherries are tasty and delicious but also a super food – researchers have found that cherries may help you sleep better, avoid jet lag, and possibly lessen the symptoms of arthritis and gout. The secret to their success? Melatonin, a hormone produced in the brain’s pineal gland that has been credited with slowing the aging process, and fighting insomnia and jet lag.

For many the first cherries are a sign of spring and renewal. First out of the gate are dark red Bing cherries, with yellow-red lava lamp–colored Rainers on their heels. Then come Brooks, a hybrid of the tried-and-true WWII-era Burlat and the groovy Rainier. Sequoias are a new up and comer. Black Tartarians are the darkest, and Gold cherries are the lightest, having no red pigment at all. There’s even a variety of cherry called the Bada Bing (I kid you not). But once you start seeing Sweethearts, you’re in the home stretch of the season.

Red cherries are in the super fruit category—they are packed with antioxidants—and tart cherries have 19 times more beta carotene than blueberries or strawberries (and those guys ain’t too shabby). Cherry juice is a well-respected supplement for athletes and people suffering from arthritis because of its anti-inflammatory component anthocyanin.

Sign up for our monthly newsletter

 

Recent Food articles:

A primer in praise of the potato
February 13, 2017
Blood oranges and kumquats star in a heart-healthy Valentine’s Day dinner
January 19, 2017
Craft cocktail–inspired mocktails for your holiday parties
December 12, 2016
Tips for making your best latkes and applesauce ever
November 16, 2016
Brighten the season with homemade citrus gifts
November 15, 2016
How to pick a peck of pumpkins (and other winter squashes)
October 26, 2016
Keeping history alive and edible
October 21, 2016
How to find your favorite variety of one of fall’s best fruits
September 25, 2016
September 9, 2016
Easy lunch-box meals for kids and grown-ups
August 24, 2016

More recent articles:

How food in the office impacts productivity
February 23, 2017
A good self-care regimen can help you feel better faster
February 22, 2017
Climb the stairway to wellness with a workplace stair challenge
February 22, 2017
Do the old rules about not talking politics at work still hold?
February 21, 2017
The FruitGuys donated 2 million servings of fresh produce in 2016
January 24, 2017
Why music boosts your exercise sessions
January 24, 2017
Six easy ways to make your workplace healthier
January 11, 2017
Five workouts to try in 2017
December 13, 2016
Resolve to turn the good things you already do into habits
December 12, 2016

About Us

Our monthly online magazine features articles about fitness, health, food, and work, as well as recipes featuring farm-fresh fruit!