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About Cherries

  • Cherries are high in vitamin C which helps to prevent infections such as the common cold and also strengthen blood vessels
  • Cherries contain melatonin which is helpful for inducing sleep
  • It is not wise to chew the pip (seed) of the cherry because it contains prussic acid which is poisonous
  • Cherries contain anthocyanin and bioflavonoids which reduce inflammation in a manner that is similar to aspirin or ibuprophen
  • Tart cherries are good for preventing the gout and arthritis
  • Cherries contain ellagic acid which some scientists believe is a powerful compound in prevention of cancer
  • Cherries are high in antioxidants, fight free radical cells, thus help to prevent cancer
  • Michigan produces 75% of commercial tart cherries while Oregon and Washington produce 60% of the world's sweet cherries
  • Over 90% of the world's production of cherries is now in the USA
  • Cherries originated near the Black Sea and were cultivated by Greeks but spread by the Romans
  • Traverse City, Michigan is touted as "The Cherry Capital of the World" and they have an annual festival
  • Cherries arrived in America thanks to European settlers in the 17th century
  • Ancient Greek and Egyptian culture admired the cherry tree both for its lovely flowers and its versatile fruit
  • Cherries are in the rose family of plants and is a cousin of the apricot
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