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5 Reasons To Go Crazy For Cherries!

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!

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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!

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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!

Photo Courtesy of Starr Ranch® Growers

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!

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Adrian Peck said: "Thanks Starr Ranch!!!".
Geraldine Busha said: "so Good1".
susan uhlott said: "just bought cherries so delish".
cliff Bartz said: "love cherries".
Lynn E Estep said: "Gotta' have me some of those Superfruit Cherries!".
Kathy said: "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!".
Rhonda Miller said: "I love all your varieties of cherries especially the Rainiers! So good!".
Jill Meyer said: "Love cherries 🍒 I".
Dawn said: "I love cherries but cant afford them i did not know they produce melatonin thankyou".
Linda Clark said: "Absolutely love cherries. Any meal can be made with them for breakfast lunch and dinner and all will be delicious with star ranch cherries".
Geni Whitehair said: "Thanks for this amazing giveaway opportunity! I’d absolutely love to win! Your fruit looks delicious! Thanks again for this awesome opportunity!".
Christian Hubbard said: "We love the fresh ones so much!!".
Debra McCrary said: "hope i win this,i love cherries!!!".
Frank Daroci said: "Delicious".
Mary Memering said: "We love Cherries,always making Cherry Desserts and Coffeecake!".
EDITH SHOFNER said: "Very good".
Darlene Alexander said: "Love it when it's cherry season".
Rachel said: "Cheers to Cherries, indeed 🍒".
Corinne said: "We love Cherries in Scones".
Katheleen Cannella said: "I did not know all that about cherries! I think I am going to start buying more cherries from now on!".
Linda clark said: "Cherry jam is just one of my favorite cherry dishes".
Audrey said: "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?".
deb johnston said: "I love cherries my grandfather was a cherry farmer in Northern Michigan and I helped in the orchard growing up".
Cathie Lancette said: "I love to make cherry jam.".
Barb said: "Such a tasty treat! I love baking with them too!".
Lesli Sperling said: "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 ~!!!".
Deborah A Wood said: "Cherry pie is my favorite, but it's good to know that cherries are good for me --going to get some today!".
Brenda Williamson said: "Love cherries, so delicious.".
debra said: "love the cherries. fresh is my favorite.".
Shirley Armatis said: "I can't wait to try these recipes they look so delicious.".
Christine Trujillo said: "Love the freezing. I will definitely do this year. I love cherries. They are a must buy every year.".
Susan Craig said: "I didn't know that cherries freeze well. Thanks for the tip!".
ALFRED DAVIS said: "Ok excellent".
WANDA Crim LEATHERWOOD said: "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.".
Tracey Pullum said: "I look forward to this time of year when I can buy and enjoy fresh cherries!".
Louise McCloud said: "I love fresh cherries, I eat them till the season ends, they're delicious, nutritious and low calorie".
Marie said: "Thank you to all the hardworking immigrants who help bring these delicious fruits to our table.".
Rachel said: "Thanks for sharing. I wasn’t aware that Cherries provided a natural for of Melatonin. This is information that is definitely worth sharing.".
Trina Snow said: "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!".
ROSLYN DECANIO said: "I love delicious, fresh cherries, they're very healthful!".
Melton C McKinney said: "I eat cherries because they are so sweet and delicious. I prefer them very cold.".
Stacy said: "Cherry cobbler or homemade cherry fried pies!!".
Mary Dobrovolny said: "Love cherries. My favorite fruit. The darker, the sweeter, the better.".
VERNON WENDT said: ""Cherries are the best!".
DAVID FARRELL said: "so good so healthy".
Faye Johnson said: "I love fresh cherries, handful after handful".
Alexandra G Richardson said: "excellent!".
Mary Memering said: "We love cherries,we eat them, all the time!".
Charmaine White said: "I love fresh fruit.".
Judith Bayer said: "Fresh cherries are one of my favorite fruits!".
daryl smith said: "my family loves cheeries so I am always looking for ways to use them.".
Debra McCrary said: "Love me some C herries!!!!".
Julie Flora said: "I love cherries, they are so good, and are good for your stomach and digestion.".

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