The health benefits of cherries are provided by the important
vitamins and nutrients which this healthy fruit contains. The
vitamins in cherries are as follows; vitamin A, vitamin B3,
vitamin B5 and vitamin C.
Cherry nutrition includes the fruit's excellent source of
flavonoids and antioxidants which can assist the body in beating
harmful illnesses and diseases. It is thought that cherry can
protect bones by maintaining their strength. This is because
cherry provides a mineral known as boron.
The nutritional value of cherries
is high, however, their possible life enhancing benefits could
be even higher and certainly shouldn't be ignored. There are
various minerals and nutrients in cherries which can possibly
reduce muscle pain, joint pain and aches.
takes on an anti-inflammatory effect so they are a particularly
good fruit for arthritis sufferers, or anyone with rheumatism or
gout. Another important benefit of cherry is their natural
source of dietary fiber which aids the digestive system and can
encourage regular bowel movement.
Cherry is low in
calories, this is a fruit which is bursting with health benefits
whether its eaten raw, fresh, cooked or dried. The amount of
calories in cherry depends on the method the cherry is served or
cooked, for example if the fruit is served in syrup or brandy,
obviously it will contain more calories. Cherry is extremely low
The following calorie guide can be used to
calculate the amount of cherry calories and carbohydrates:
Calories in Cherries per 100 grams:
Raw, sweet cherry - 77 calories
Fresh, raw cherry with skin-
48 calories / 11.5 carbs
Cherry is syrup - 71 calories / 18.5
Black cherries in syrup - 86 calories / 20.3 carbs
Cherry is a
beautiful looking red, deep red or black small stone fruit which
grows, in clusters, from the cherry tree. The cherry hangs from
the tree by its long thin stem, cherries grow in pairs. There is
also a variety of cherry grown which has a pale yellow - cream
Cherries are stone fruits, the small stone lies
in the centre of the fruit. The skin is firm and the taste of
cherry may be either sweet or sour, depending on the type, some
varieties are suitable for only eating, and some types of cherry
are suitable for cooking. Darker cherries tend to taste more
sour than paler colored types which usually taste sweeter,
however, this is not always the case.
The History of Cherry
cherry dates way back when the Chinese first began cultivating
the fruit centuries ago. The first wild cherries were known as
Mazzards, which is a type of cherry that is still available
today. Mazzards are a sweet cherry, however, sour cherries were
also grown during the early years.
Varieties of Cherry
There are hundreds of cherry varieties available, some are sweet
whilst others are sour. Cherries are grouped under three
categories which include:
Hybrid cherry - hybrids are suitable for both eating and
- sweeter varieties taste delicious, therefore, they are
suitable for eating raw.
Sour cherry - due to the sharp, bitter taste, sour
cherries are not palatable, therefore, they are suitable for
cooking purposes only.
There are many varieties of cherry
grown, however, the following names, descriptions and
information covers some of the most recognized and popular types
Cherry - This is a large sweet cherry which falls under the
Bigarreaus category as its flesh is crisp and firm, unlike the
Guines soft, fleshy texture. Bing cherries are popularly grown
in North America, they taste delicious and sweet. This is a
variety of red cherry.
Tartarian Cherry - this is a sweet type of cherry which
falls under the Geans / Guines category as their flesh is juicy
and soft. As the name would suggest, the skin and flesh of Black
Tartarian cherries is a dark shade of purple - black colors.
Early Rivers Cherry -
Like the Black Tartarians, the Early Rivers cherries are also
classified within the Geans / Guines category as the fruit's
texture and flesh is juicy and soft. This is a sweet tasting,
Cherry - This variety is unusual as its a type of yellow cherry,
the skin is pale yellow with red flushing. The taste of
Napoleons is sweet, and similar to the Bing cherry, Napoleon
cherries are a Bigarreaus type as their flesh has a a firm,
Ranier Cherry - This is a soft, sweet and
juicy cherry so it is categorized under the Geans / Guines
group, along with varieties such as Black Tartarians and Early
Rivers, however, Ranier cherries are unique to many varieties as
this is a golden cherry with a tinge of pink.
Amarelle Cherry -
This is a type of sour cherry which is inedible raw. Amarelle
cherries are popular, they are very good for making jam and
preserves. The cherry juice is practically colorless.
English Cherry - This is
small variety with a sour flavor, a type of bright orange red
cherry. English cherries are ideal for preserving in brandy.
Maraschino Cherry - this
is a special type as Maraschino cherries are distilled in
Maraschino, which is a sweet, sticky, colorless Italian liqueur.
When Maraschino cherries were first developed, the types of
cherries distilled in this fabulous liqueur were
Damasca cherries or
Amaresca cherries from
Dalmatia. However, in more recent times, the ordinary cherry has
Cherry - This is a common name of cherry which appears in
various dishes. Montmorency cherries have a combination of both
sweet and sour tastes and flavors. This is a variety of bright
Cherry - Morellos are very popular and one of the main types of
sour cherries which are commonly recognized. Morello cherries
are small in size and deep red in color. The Morello cherry
juice is dark red. The fruit tastes very sour so they are not
ideal for eating raw unless preserved in a liquid such as syrup
or brandy. The French name for Morello is Griottes. This is an
ideal cherry for making preserves and jam.
Yoshino Cherry - this is a
hybrid variety, the origin is unknown, however, Yoshino cherries
are sometimes referred to by the name of 'The Japanese Cherry'
which is commonly eaten by birds. The taste is more sour than
sweet. It comes from a flowering cherry plant which is popularly
grown, particularly in Japan. This is a small fruit which
consists of more red cherry juice than flesh.