Cherries' rich red color lends them benefits seen and unseen. Not only are these small fruits beautiful to look at, but cherry anthocyanins, the pigments that give them their color, pack a powerful nutritional punch. These antioxidants have been shown to have a significant impact on relieving muscle and joint soreness more quickly as well as possibly lowering the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and high cholesterol. Cherries also contain melatonin, which has been found to help regulate the body’s natural sleep patterns, aid with jet lag, prevent memory loss and delay the aging process. Other important nutrients such as beta carotene, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, iron, fiber and folate are also present in this incredibly healthy fruit.

Unfortunately, cherries have a very short growing season that peaks in the middle of the summer. They can be enjoyed fresh, dried, or as a delicious filling for various baked goods.

Recipes: Fresh Cherry Pie