cherry factsGrowing up, one of my favorite childhood memories is participating in the ever-so-ladylike sport of cherry pit spitting. My family would line up on the edge of the deck with a bowl of succulent cherries and measure our self-worth by whether or not we could beat the reigning champion, my mother. Although I never could live up to my mother’s pit-spitting prowess, those piles of cherries eaten on hot summer days provided my growing body with important nutrients.

Cherry Health Benefits

  • One cup of cherries contains only 87 calories.
  • Researchers have shown a link between cherry consumption and reduced belly fat.
  • Cherries can help combat gout and osteoarthritis.
  • The natural fiber found in cherries is good for digestion and weight management.
  • Cherries protect against strokes, high cholesterol, blood pressure and diabetes.
  • Anti-inflammatory benefits of cherries help ease soreness in joints and muscles.
  • Drinking cherry juice may help improve sleep quality.
  • Cherries contain 16% of your recommended daily vitamin C.

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Cherry Facts

  • Tart cherries are perfect for pies and preservatives.
  • Sweet cherries are delicious on their own.
  • Tart cherries are more resistant to cold weather, while sweet cherries prefer mild, dry climates.
  • Approximately 75% of sweet cherries in the country are sold at fresh markets and 25% are processed.
  • Michigan, Utah and Washington are the top cherry producing states in the country.
  • The United States is the largest exporter of cherries in the world.

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Whether you are enjoying them baked in a pie, canned, juiced, frozen, blended into a smoothie, or are just eating them to bring honor to your family with your pit-spitting abilities, cherries are a delicious choice.

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Looking for a way to use more cherries in the kitchen? Check out some of our favorite cherry recipes below:

Cherry Recipes:

Classic Cherry Pie

Miniature Black Forest Bundt Cakes

Cherries and Nuts Snack Mix

Hot Shot Cherries and Nuts

Sources: stemilt.com, bakingbites.com, agmrc.org

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