Cherries are a sweet summertime treat, but also a great fruit to enjoy for health and nutrition. Cherries are one of the top antioxidant-rich foods, contain melatonin for a good night’s sleep, and fight inflammation and pain linked to arthritis.

Nutritional Benefits

  • One cup of cherries has 3 grams of fiber, which aids in digestion, lowers cholesterol, controls blood sugar and can help with weight loss.
  • Cherries are recognized as one of the top antioxidant-rich foods and may prevent the onset of several chronic diseases.
  • Anthocyanins in cherries give the fruit its red color and help protect the heart and surrounding tissues.
  • Boron in cherries helps maintain calcium balance and promotes bone health. Boron may also prevent osteoporosis.
  • Cherries contain melatonin (which regulates sleep cycles) and may be a helpful food for fighting jet lag and insomnia.
  • Cherries are a good source of vitamin C, with 16% of the daily recommended value in one cup. They also contain vitamin A, calcium, protein and iron.

Best Ways to Use

  • Sweet cherries can be eaten all alone, without any additions/seasonings.
  • A fruit cocktail can be made with cherry, peach, pineapple, pear and grape.
  • As a fruit salad with peach, pear, apricot and pineapple.
  • Add dried cherries in desserts, fruit-cakes, breads, pies, muffins, and cookies.