Bada Bing, Bada Boom

By Heidi Lewis

You know what sweet summer cherries like? They like winter. That’s when they catch up on a little shut-eye and wake up refreshed. Many stone fruits and pomes need the chill hours to produce a good season of leaf, buds, and fruit. But man, when they’re ready—bada boom! Cherry season is here.

The Season of Cherries

Cherries Jubilee

Cherry season is here. They 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. A 2001 study at the University of Texas found that tart cherries contain significant amounts of melatonin, which is also being studied as a potential treatment for cancer, depression, and other diseases and disorders.