While we often think of cherries as a summer fruit, they come into season beginning in May, and there is no time like the present to start enjoying this powerful fruit. Cherries are often grouped into two categories: sweet (Bing) and tart (Montmorency). It is actually the tart cherries that pack the most nutritional benefit, so you may want to consider juicing or baking with these garnet delights.
Both types are full of vitamin A and C to help fight oxidative stress and the compounds that create the gorgeous color is what helps cells function at their best. Great for athletes, it can help decrease inflammation and assists with the production of melatonin and can assist with sleep (drinking tart cherry juice, over time). Check out these great resources and recipes and enjoy the burst of goodness in every bite.
This month we've rounded up some resources to support you as you add cherries to your menu!
Mango Curry Trail Mix (with Dried Cherries)
From a new-found favorite, Brittany (of eatingbirdfood.com) shares a recipe for trail mix that includes cherries. It's a delicious and nutritious combination of spices, fruits, and nuts. A great snack to have on hand during the busy month of May (and beyond)!
Four Ways to Pit a Cherry
Fresh cherries make a wholesome addition to baked goods and dried fresh cherries can add the perfect punch to salads. Prepping this gem can be tedious, but the folks at Whole Foods have some ideas to make the job less of a pit!
Healthy Cherry Pie Oatmeal Crumble
Who doesn’t love dessert! This recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie: a Healthy Dessert Blog offers some healthy alternatives to traditional ingredients, resulting in a sweet treat that’s sweet on heart and joints too!