10 – Cherries and heart health
Research shows that eating Bing cherries could decrease certain blood markers of heart disease. Quercetin found in cherries can also help to prevent heart disease.
Nutrients in cherries
Cherries are a very good source of vitamins C and A. They are a good source of copper, calcium, iron, potassium and manganese.
History of cherries
Cherries were named after the ancient Turkish town of Cerasus and go as far back to at least 300 B.C.
Cherries were among the first fruits the early settlers brought to America. The first cherry orchard was planted in northern Michigan in the 1600s. The 1st commercial tart cherry orchards in Michigan were planted in 1893.
The ultimate celebration of cherries is the National Cherry Festival, which is held each year in July in Traverse City, Michigan.
Cherry trees have played a part in American folklore since George Washington chopped down his father’s cherry tree, then couldn’t tell a lie and told his father what he’d done.
Sweet cherries are cultivated throughout North America and Europe. France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Russia are big producers in Europe. Sour cherries are cultivated in Eastern Europe, Germany, Russia, and the United States. Germany tops the world in cherry production, followed by the United States.
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