Cherries, Healthful in Lots of Ways
Marty Martindale

Cherries kinda go with U.S. history. There was the little to-do about George KirschenWashington and his dad’s cherry tree.

Probably the largest and most meaningful cherry gift, ever, was in the year 1912, when the country of Japan generously gave the young U.S. its special, gorgeous, every-springtime-giving-and-giving-again blooming wonders, their mighty symbol of human life itself, sacred cherry trees, to beautify our nation’s capitol each spring.

Then, of course, Henry Jaglom’s winsome, classic cinema item, “Can She Bake a Cherry Pie?” comes to mind along with not forgetting coffee “berries” are called “coffee cherries.”

Cherries are “stone fruits,” also known as “drupe fruits.” as are apricots, plums and peaches. Two varieties of cherries are most popular. One is known as sweet cherries known as the Prunus avium variety, while the sour, tart specie is the Prunus cerasus variety. Both have bright, shiny redish or purple thin skins. They tend to flourish in Canada and the colder northern parts of the US.

Cherries are a perfect, low-calorie snack possessing only 100 calories and delicious at all mealtimes from breakfast to late-night.

The up-tone, debutante-cherry-of-them-all – Bright-red maraschino cherries, sort of cherry maverics, are usually Royal Ann cherries, softer than the rest, globe-like and a bit sweeter. Maraschino cherries have a tendency to hang around Manhattan cocktails, the top of ice cream sundaes and become scarce bits of color in boring canned fruit cocktail.

Next time you see healthy, stemmed cherries for sale, scoop some up, for rarely will you purchase a fresh food item so generally, all-‘round good for everyone!

Cherry pits, we are told, go back to the stone ages of Eastern Eurpoe and Asia Minor. Their name, cherries, appears to have come from “Cerasus, in 300 BCE, a town in Turkey.

Besides being richer in antioxidants and beta-carotene, cherries rank high on the list for vitamins A, B and C. Many rave about cherry’s help in ridding arthritis, even gout!

Choose cherries which are quite firm, not at all mushey. It’s best to choose ones with healthy stems, and this will make them last longer. Store in plastic bags in the refrigerator. Do not wash the cherries until ready to use.

Dried cherries make good year ‘round treats, sweet as well as sour. Beware, however, some dried fruits are only mixed with cherry juice and are not the real thing.


  • Bbq sauce
  • Brandy-distilled cherries
  • Cakes
  • Cakes/cupcakes
  • Cherry preserves
  • Cherry tea
  • Chocolate-covered
  • Cobbler/slump
Cherry Ice Cream
  • Cocktails
  • Cookies
  • Cordials
  • Dried
  • Garnishing creamed cheese
  • Gravies
  • Ice cream topping
  • Pancakes/muffins
  • Pastries
  • Pies
  • Pies
Cherry Ice Cream Soda
  • Salads
  • Smoothies
  • Soufflés


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Marty Martindale

About Marty Martindale

Foodsite Magazine and Marty aim to help the cooking-challenged avoid dependence on others due to lack of cooking knowhow. We concentrate on quick breakfasts, portable lunches and “good-4-u” night meals. With readily available web translation, the magazine explains separate foods, a little of their history, their nutrition, suggested “go-withs,” serving ideas and links to foodsites with recipes.

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