Sweet cherry is the fruit of Prunus avium tree of the rose family. Sweet cherry originated in Asia, supposedly in Asian Turkey, and then distributed all over Europe. The wood of Prunus avium valued among mahogany furniture manufacturers and they produce the furniture of superior quality with this wood. Sweet cherry is a fleshy juicy fruit with thin shiny skin. The color of this amazing fruit varies from yellow to deep red. Sweet cherry is eaten fresh when the season comes (May-July) and used for making compotes and jams. In some countries, sweet cherry oil is extracted from the seed cores. Absolute alcohol preservation is another way to can fresh sweet cherry. Later on, you can use canned fruit for garnishing cocktails and confectionaries. Usually, sweet cherry is eaten fresh as a dessert or used as an ingredient in various fresh fruit salads.
Therapeutic properties are explained by many useful substances found in sweet cherry.
Sweet cherry contains:
- the B vitamins, vitamins C, A, PP, E;
- pectin, apple acid, flavonoids and carotene;
- anthocyans, a coloring matter that has aspirin properties;
- sweet cherry is rich in iodine and potassium and also contains calcium, iron, phosphorus and magnesium.
Sweet Cherry Health Benefits
- Sweet cherry slows down aging due to its high antioxidant content.
- It lowers the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
- Flavonoids found in sweet cherry in excess bind free radicals.
- It is a good remedy against rheumatism, varicosity, osteochondrosis and arthritis.
- Sweet cherry facial masks have a tonic effect and smooth out wrinkles.
- It helps fludify the blood and is a good anticoagulant due to its anthocyans content.
- Sweet cherry has a positive effect on kidneys and helps remove toxins from the body.
- Sweet cherry improves metabolism and help regulate digestion.
- Sweet cherry relaxes the nervous system, gets us feel better and helps to produce the hormone of happiness.
Note: You can eat 20-30 of fresh fruits on empty stomach every morning to fight your stress.