Cherries can be transformed into pies, tart, or garnishes. Anything from a delicious filling into a finishing touch to any food, you can count on cherries. But the delicious taste is not the only power that cherries possess. Cherries also have several health benefits that you may be surprised it has. But before we proceed with these health benefits, let us learn of the types of cherry.
Types of cherries
Queen (Royal) Anne Cherries
This kind of cherry is a bit of a traitor compared with other kinds. It has a similar light-color as Rainier cherry, however, the taste (not in an instant) is what will give its difference away. Biting just one Royal Anne will give you the aftertaste that may cause you to hate it. Anyway, after being soaked with sweetener and salt, Royal Anne can be used in making Maraschino cherries and other baked products. It serves as the balance between the sweet and sour taste.
Bing cherries are the most popular cherries of them all. It covers the vigor of the sweet cherry. Bing cherries are spherical with a dark-red color. Compare with the other types of cherries, Bing is more acidic. Consuming it is meant to be as swiftly as watermelon and grapes. The darker the Bing cherries are, the riper it is. This kind of cherry has been associated to have a lower risk of cardiovascular diseases as well as high blood pressure.
If you are fond of sour cherries, this is your best bet. Montmorency does not change it sour taste all year round, in all form. Whether fresh, canned, frozen, or dried, Montmorency cherry will stay the same. So because of its interesting taste property, it is the best use when making pastries, trail mixes, and smoothies. It is most famous and harvests from the US. It has become famous as well because of its muscle recovery and pain reliever benefits.
The name of Rainier berries is derived from the Mount Rainier. Rainier is a sweet kind of cherry. Its color is a bit of yellowish and golden. You can eat by mouth, but it is at its best when making into a salad. The sweet taste of Rainier is perfect with the salty kick of goat cheese and the crunchy texture of pecans.
Cherry pies main ingredient is Morello. It lacks the natural sweetness which Bing cherry has, so more starch and sugar is added when making cherry pies to achieve the right consistency.
Health Benefits of Cherries
Now that you know some kinds of cherries, let’s proceed in knowing what good it can do for you. What nutritional benefits can it provide for your health?
This substance is too broad and wide to discuss. But to give a brief background, it is what protects the body from certain harmful enzymes that may cause inflammation. It can decrease the pain rooted in arthritis.
The dark-red shade that cherries possesses is a product of its high anthocyanin content. Even the sourness it produces comes from the high amount of anthocyanin. Anthocyanin is not harmful. In fact, it is a powerful antioxidant which the cells in the body to guard themselves against radicals. It also seems to be the source of other health benefits of cherry. The other two antioxidants contents of cherry are perillyl alcohol and hydroxycinnamic acid.
Fiber has a lot of health benefits starting with a reduced risk of colorectal cancer up to promoting healthy weight loss. It gives you the feeling of fullness as well as lessen the sudden spike of blood sugar and insulin. Several kinds of cancer (seven to be more specific) has been linked with too much body fat. Thus, it is very important in maintaining a healthy weight.
Vitamin C and Potassium
The risk of stroke and hypertension can be avoided through the help of potassium. Luckily, cherries have more potassium to offer compared with apples or strawberries per serving. It is also rich in vitamin C which is also an antioxidant against the common cold.
Which Versions of Cherries are the Best
Cherries can be eaten in many forms. It can be dried, juiced, frozen, or simply frozen. So among these many forms of cherries, which do you think is the best?
AICR, end the confusion of which is the best for the health. According to them, any version of the cherry can still preserve its antioxidant properties. So there is nothing to worry about. You can enjoy cherry in all forms, gaining its nutrients at the same time.
Cherries are also versatile, so you may invent any recipe you want and include cherries in it. Or if you haven’t any recipes in your mind, try these following suggestions:
Black Forest Smoothie
This smoothie will be ready in just 5 minutes. The perfect blend of cherry and cocoa will be naturally sweetened with dates. Its texture, on the other hand, will be thickened with chia seeds and oats.
- A cup of frozen cherries
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
- ¼ cup of rolled oats
- 1 to 2 Medjool dates
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 to 2 handfuls of baby spinach
- 1 scoop of protein powder
Simply combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend it until it turned into a smooth texture.
Cherry Chia Jam
This recipe is very easy. For instance, its ingredients are only 3. It is perfect to use as a topping in almost everything like ice cream and waffles. Additionally, it can stay in your fridge for a few weeks.
- 2 cups of chia seeds
- Two cups of pitted frozen cherries, thawed
- 2 tablespoon of honey
Using medium heat, combine honey and thawed cherries. Stir it frequently until it cooks after 5 minutes, gently mashing the cherries on the process. Let the mixture boil before covering and reducing the heat. Simmer for ten minutes. Remove from heat and add chia seeds. Keep on stirring. It usually thickens as the jam cools. Once cool, adjust the sweetness then transfer it in an air-tight container.