A friend gifted us with a 2kg box of Staccato cherries a couple of weeks ago.
How are we going to finish it all? was my initial, alarmed reaction!
Apparently, that wasn’t a problems as Loving Husband & I demolished the box within the week (daughters were not even part of the equation as they do not care for cherries … go figure!)
Apart from enjoying the fruit straight up, I sliced them onto my toast, into muesli, oatmeal & chia pudding. I have always thought of cherries as a rather mild fruit, but I was happily surprised to find that although delicate, these mostly sweet, pleasantly tart fruit complimented my breakfast concoctions well.
L: Chia & almond milk pudding with kiwi, cherries & toasted hemp seeds; R: wholegrain toast with “no-added sugar” peanut butter, topped with cherries & pumpkin seeds.
I did some reading on what cherries offered apart from being yummy. Other than the usual goodness of fresh fruit, I found some other interesting benefits:
Cherries can contribute to better sleep as they are a good natural source of melatonin, which helps with cognitive function, circulation & sleep cycles. Insomnia? jet lag? have a bunch of cherries!
This fruit also has anti-inflammatory properties. 1 cup of cherries has been shown to have a similar effect to 1 regular-strength ibuprofen. That seems like a lot of cherries to eat at one sitting; maybe cherry juice would work better in this case. So, if you have muscle soreness from working out or joint pain from osteoarthritis (both of which I suffer from), cherries might be worth incorporating into your diet.
The only downside to this as I see it: the fruit is seasonal. After making short work of the box, I went to the supermarket only to find that cherries are no longer available. Guess it’s time to visit the juice aisle.
What about you: do you like cherries? cherry juice? Do you use this fruit or its juice to alleviate any other ailments?
Information about cherries from www.naturalnews.com