Black Cherries

by admin on July 8, 2014

Rosaceae : Prunus serotina var. serotina  - Wild Black Cherry (Rum Cherry, Mountain Black Cherry) fruitBlack cherries, also known as “wild cherries” are a name sometimes given to the types of cherries that are incredibly sweet. Despite the name, not all black cherries are actually black. While many do have a dark color, some are more of a dark red than black. For example, Bing cherries are one of the types of cherries considered to be “black cherries”; rainier cherries are sweet cherries but are not considered to be black cherries. You will often see black cherries used to sweeten up a dish.

Black cherry is also used to refer to a specific type of cherry, called Prunus serotina. This cherry comes from a deciduous tree with bark that has medicinal uses. This bark has been looked upon as a possible cough suppressant, as well as a cold remedy. Unfortunately, not much research has been done on these topics and black cherry tree bark is known to be toxic in higher doses.

As for the benefits of black cherries, they are similar to those of other cherries – antioxidant properties and vitamin C content. Fruits that are naturally darker in color tend to have more anthocyanins (which are responsible for the dark/black coloring). Anthocyanins are antioxidants, which means black cherries have anticarcinogenic properties. So, by eating black cherries, you can reduce your risk of cancer! Try to eat some black cherries plain, make a cherry tart of them, or drink black cherry juice concentrate; no matter how you prefer to eat them, you’ll be benefiting from doing so. An easy and tasty way to improve your health, don’t you think?

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1 Yanis October 31, 2014 at 9:39 pm

Re Black cherries : Where are they grown ( any in Aus?) and where can you buy some and on what basis/ availability?

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