Cherry pie, cherry cobbler, cherry bars, cherry jam, and cherry crumble – YUM! However, these scrumptious recipes aren't the only reasons you should be adding cherries to your grocery list this summer. Cherries are also chock-full of health benefits, and they are in season right now! The United States is the world's second-biggest producer of cherries, most being grown in Washington, California, Oregon, Wisconsin, and Michigan. We are particularly passionate about the cherries grown by Starr Ranch® Growers – they consistently provide the same passion, expertise, and careful supervision to cherry growing that they give to growing their premium tasting and quality apples! Lucky for us, we can find them now at stores across the USA.
Here are five reasons to go crazy for cherries and here's the extra good news – these are all reasons to promote your good health!
1. Vitamin A
Cherries actually contain 19 times more vitamin A than blueberries! Vitamin A helps to support your vision, immune system, reproduction, and helps the heart, lungs, kidneys, and other organs to function.
2. Melatonin aka "The Sleep Hormone"
Cherries are one of the few food sources that contain amounts of melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone that helps to regulate the sleep cycle and promote healthy sleep patterns. Feeling restless and out of whack? Snack on some cherries after dinner for a sweet, healthy, and sleep-promoting dessert!
3. Low in Calories – High in Flavor!
The next time that snack-attack hits, grab a big handful of healthy cherries! Just one cup of cherries is only about 77 calories. Add fresh cherries to granola, cereal, yogurt, and just about any dessert recipe. Get the recipe for our delicious Fresh Cherry Crumble here.
4. Vitamin C rich!
One cup of cherries provides 25% of the recommended daily value of Vitamin C! This will help keep your immune system strong and at its peak. This is especially helpful given the situation we've all been facing. A healthy immune system with high Vitamin C is paramount to our good health – and staying that way!
5. Super Superfruits
Cherries are so packed with anti-oxidants that these little burst of goodness are actually considered a "super fruit!" There's another good reason to just pop one in your mouth - raw or added to one of your favorite breakfasts, salads or desserts! And, they're even good for your tummy and help with digestion.
BONUS TIP: Cherries freeze well, so stock up on cherries this summer so you can enjoy your favorite cherry recipes all year long!
Our friends at Starr Ranch® Growers have been growing farm-fresh fruit in the state of Washington for over 75 years! Prime orchard real estate in the lush Pacific Northwest grants Starr Ranch® Growers a long cherry season, typically lasting from May until August. Yeah - more opportunities for more delicious cherry recipes, all tasting fresh, sweet and just the right amount of tart. As one of the premier growers and shippers of sweet Northwest cherries, Starr Ranch® Growers moves an impressive 2.5 million cartons of cherries each year!
Bye Gout 😆
Cherries help with gout besides they are delicious 😋 😍
The flavor of cherries and the nutrition they bring is another reason to indulge!
Cherries are so easy to love!
CHERRIES ARE SO GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH AND TASTE GOOD.
I love when cherries are in season. I love eating them whole, but also love using them in salads and desserts! Looks like there are some good recipes here.
We buy lots of cherries, but my families favorite is roasted pork with pineapple, cherries and brown sugar.
To be cheery, try a cherry!
I didn’t know cherries had melatonin in them!! What? Incredible.
I LOVE CHERRIES IN ICE CREAM ,PIES ,DRINKS, AND RIGHT OUT OF THE FRIDGE.
Every year they have a cherry festival near me and it is amazing!
I LOVE CHERRIES IN ICE CREAM ,PIES,COBBLERS,CAKES, AND CANDY
Cherries and summer go together for our family. What happened to “Bing” Cherries?
They taste so good a great snack after a meal.
Your Recipes look Great & YUMMY! I’ll have to try real soon! 🙂
thanks for the cherry lesson. i will pass on the melatonan advice.
I hav liked cherries forever. I am going to think about how they could help sleep!
We are a Cherry crazy Family,we eat them,all the time! They are so Good and Delicious
Love cherries. I never knew until today that you could freeze them. Are there any special tips for freezing them?
I must be living under a rock because I also never saw a cherry pitter until I watched your video. I must get one!
The cherry pitter is a game-changer for fresh cherries! Here’s how to freeze them: rinse and then pit the cherries. Pat them dry and place onto a lined baking sheet in your freezer for a couple of hours. Add to a freezer-safe bag and that’s it! Fresh cherries all year long! 🙂
Thanks Starr Ranch!!!
just bought cherries so delish
Gotta’ have me some of those Superfruit Cherries!
Hello. Hope all is well in your corner of the world. Are your Starr Ranch Strawberry Cherries organic? Do you offer organic cherries / produce? Look forward to your response. Be blessed and Be well!
Hi, Kathy! Thanks so much for reaching out to us about this. You’ll have to ask our friends at Starr Ranch® about that specific product, as we are not the grower – we just love their products! 🙂 You can reach them here: https://starranch.com/contact/
I love all your varieties of cherries especially the Rainiers! So good!
Love cherries 🍒 I
I love cherries but cant afford them i did not know they produce melatonin thankyou
Absolutely love cherries. Any meal can be made with them for breakfast lunch and dinner and all will be delicious with star ranch cherries
Thanks for this amazing giveaway opportunity! I’d absolutely love to win! Your fruit looks delicious! Thanks again for this awesome opportunity!
We love the fresh ones so much!!
hope i win this,i love cherries!!!
We love Cherries,always making Cherry Desserts and Coffeecake!
Love it when it’s cherry season
Cheers to Cherries, indeed 🍒
We love Cherries in Scones
I did not know all that about cherries! I think I am going to start buying more cherries from now on!
Cherry jam is just one of my favorite cherry dishes
Hmmm…never thought of freezing cherries. They usually get gobbled up before I have an opportunity to think about storing them for any length of time. I wonder whether they should be pitted before freezing. Anyone know answer?
I love cherries my grandfather was a cherry farmer in Northern Michigan and I helped in the orchard growing up
I love to make cherry jam.
Such a tasty treat! I love baking with them too!
Still Remember My Grandmother In The 1960`s ….Climbing Up The Cherry Tree On A Ladder… To Pick Cherries For…..Cherry Pie….And Cherry Preserves ~ Yum ~! Nee Nee`s Pies Were The Best ~!!!
Cherry pie is my favorite, but it’s good to know that cherries are good for me –going to get some today!
Love cherries, so delicious.
love the cherries. fresh is my favorite.
I can’t wait to try these recipes they look so delicious.
Love the freezing. I will definitely do this year. I love cherries. They are a must buy every year.
I didn’t know that cherries freeze well. Thanks for the tip!
I love cherries!!! Many people do not realize the fresh taste of cherries…maybe donate cherries to individual teachers to share them with children in their classes.
I look forward to this time of year when I can buy and enjoy fresh cherries!
I love fresh cherries, I eat them till the season ends, they’re delicious, nutritious and low calorie
Thank you to all the hardworking immigrants who help bring these delicious fruits to our table.
Thanks for sharing.
I wasn’t aware that Cherries provided a natural for of Melatonin.
This is information that is definitely worth sharing.
I love cherries but my husband buys them by the ton he can not get enough of them! lol of course he doesn’t really buy a ton but he buys plenty, we eat them the way they are and I make all kinds of snacks with them!
I love delicious, fresh cherries, they’re very healthful!
I eat cherries because they are so sweet and delicious. I prefer them very cold.
Cherry cobbler or homemade cherry fried pies!!
Love cherries. My favorite fruit. The darker, the sweeter, the better.
“Cherries are the best!
so good so healthy
I love fresh cherries, handful after handful
We love cherries,we eat them, all the time!
I love fresh fruit.
Fresh cherries are one of my favorite fruits!
my family loves cheeries so I am always looking for ways to use them.
Love me some C herries!!!!
I love cherries, they are so good, and are good for your stomach and digestion.