I can eat cherries like no one’s business. They’re unbelievably delicious and for someone with a sweet tooth like me, they serve as the perfect healthy alternative to candy. Like strawberries, they’re in season now (about $5 for a pound) and can offer you more than just something good to chew on. Cherries, along with many other berries, are a rich source of antioxidants. They can help to prevent or repair the damage that’s done to the body’s cells by free radicals. Queritrin – a flavonoid rich in cherries – has been found by researchers to be one of the most potent anticancer agents. Cherries also contain ellagic acid, a naturally occurring plant phenolic known as an anti-carcinogenic/anti-mutagenic compound. Another compound found in cherries – perillyl alcohol (POH) – is powerful in possibly reducing the occurrence of all types of cancer. Additionally, tart cherries contain two powerful compounds, anthocyanins and bioflavonoids, which can help relieve and prevent arthritis and gout in the body.
As an add-on to this post, the kitchn just published an interesting behind-the-scenes look at the amount of time, effort and energy it takes to ship Washington cherries around the world.