Cherry is considered as one of the oldest cultivated fruit and known to have been discovered in Asia Minor, where it originated, by the Romans during their campaign around 70 B.C. It grew well in the rich and fertile land the Black and Caspian Seas. The Romans and the Greeks were the first to cultivate the sweet cherry. Its name is said to be of Greek origin called kerasos. It was the English colonist who brought it to America in the 16th century.
This fruit is part of the rosaceae family and are a distant cousin to plums and peaches. The sweet cherry is under the prunus avium species and the sour cherry is from prunus cerasus. Cherry is a small and fleshy fruit with a red to reddish black color. It has a hard seed on the inside. They are known to have a very short fruiting season.
This small super fruit is incredibly loaded with health nutrients such as protein, carbohydrates, dietary fibers, essential mineral like calcium, copper, Iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and zinc. It provides an assortment of vitamins like folate, niacin, riboflavin, thiamin, vitamin C, A, E and K. And Cherry is low in fat and has zero cholesterol.
It’s also an excellent source of unique antioxidants. It contains polyphenolic flavonoid compound called anthocyanin glysocides that give cherry that rich red to dark red color. And anthocyanin is a very potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent to fight chronic painful attacks of gout arthritis, fibromyalgia and even some sports injuries. Do you know that consuming 10 to 12 pieces of cherries for two days can reduce your risk of gout attack by 35%?
It also has compounds that act as protective scavengers against free radical that are responsible for premature aging, cancers and other diseases. Another powerful antioxidant, it hold produces a soothing effect on the brain neurons known as melatonin. It’s highly effective in calming down the nervous system. It also gives relief to PMS sufferers, lower the risk of developing diabetes, control weight gain, prevents migraine, and giving you a good night’s sleep. This amazing fruit also possesses a naturally occurring plant phenolic called ellagic acid, which researchers consider as the most effective compound in fighting cancer. Not bad for a small fruit.
Sweet cherry is such a delight to eat, but occasionally, it can cause allergic reactions in some people. When taken in food quantity it is generally safe even for pregnant and nursing mothers. Not much is known about its effect on a long term use as a medicine, therefore it’s best to avoid it.
Cherry fun fact: In 56 B.C., a Roman General named Lucullus said to have committed suicide upon learning that he is running out of cherries.
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