Interesting Facts About CHERRY

The Cherry fruit is part of the Rosaceae family and this also includes almonds, peaches, apricots and plums. Cherries are small and fleshy red or reddish black fruits that contain a hard drupe. It is believed that the Romans discovered the sweet cherry fruit in the Asia Minor in about 70 BC. Here are some interesting facts about this Fruit :-

1. Studies have shown the cherry fruit to have plenty of health benefits. These are known to provide pain relief for people who suffer from arthritis.

2. Red cherries are known to destroy the toxins that cause diseases. The cherry fruit is also high in antioxidants that help to fight cancer and heart disease.

3. The cherry fruits are low in cholesterol, fat and sodium. They are also a very good source of fiber and Vitamin C.

4. The cherry fruit extract contains antioxidant flavonoids and are used in many tablets and capsules. These capsules are used to support the pH levels of the body.
5. There are more than 1,000 varieties of cherries across the world. The most popular sweet cherries are Bing and the Lamberts, available in North America.

6. The average cherry tree grows enough cherries to make about 70 cherry pies.

7. The cherry bruises very easily and need to be handled with care. The best quality of the fruit is to look for the cherry with the stems still attached.

8. Cherry products are available in cherry juice, canned cherries, cherry juice concentrate, fresh cherries, dried and frozen.

9. One cup of cherries, either sweet or sour, is said to contain as much as 130 calories.

10. Apart from nutritional benefits of cherries, it has been discovered that cherries provide a number of healing benefits.

11. There exists in cherries a substance called as cyanidin which has anti-inflammatory properties which is the reason that might help reduce the swelling and pain of the gout.

12. The Cherry fruit is known to grow in many areas of the United States. It is noticed that sweet cherries prove to be difficult to grow. Sour cherries are grown mainly in the Eastern side.

13. Cherries are very easily perishable and they rarely ripen after harvest. Therefore, you need to refrigerate them soon after their purchase. These can remain fresh in the fridge for at least 2 days.

14. Michigan has around 35,000 acres of tart cherry trees. This place grows almost 75% of the tart cherries, which are produced in the United States. The Traverse City is therefore called the Cherry Capital of the World.

15. Apart from the low calorie content, cherries are found to be a rich source for pectin, a soluble fiber that is responsible for reducing the cholesterol content and keeping the cholesterol level under control.

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