What are they?
Cherries are a fleshy stone fruit belonging to the Rosaceae family. There are various types of cherries such as Bing, Chelan, Skeena and Lapins. Some of them are native to America; some are native to Europe and Asia.
Cherries offer a sweet and sour taste in bright to dark colours.
Cherries are one of the most super foods which contain a lot of vitamins, minerals and nutrients in a small tiny shape with a very low number of calories1.
Cherries are high in flavonoids, powerful antioxidants in term of fighting against free radicals. Some flavonoids also prevent the outgrowth of cancerous cells.
Cherries help you to sleep better thanks to melatonin, a hormone which soothes our brain and makes it feel relaxed.
They are also well-known for a very high content of potassium, which helps to lower our blood pressure and keeping the balanced level of sodium and potassium in your body.
Last but not least, cherries are good food if you want to go on a diet. They are low in fat and calories but still provide enough nutrients for your body. They also offer a lower glycemic index than other fruits like grapes and peaches, which make them a safe food for people with diabetes.
How to use them?
- Cherries can be eaten fresh.
- Desserts: You can add cherries to dessert to add more sweet taste. There are many healthy options such as cherry pie or cherry tart.
- Smoothies: You can enjoy a cup of cherry smoothies or add them with vanilla, bananas and yoghurt to make a very complex and delicious smoothy.
- Salads: You can also try fruit and veggie salad made with carrots, celeries, cherries and mint leaves.
- Sauces and dips: There are several sauces and dips which can be made from cherries such as peanut butter with cherry, spicy cherry sauce and cherry chutney.