It’s Cherry Season! Why and How to Add Them Into Your Diet

Cherries are one of the most beloved fruits on the planet for their delicious, juicy flavor. We look forward to stone fruit season all year, and the cherry is one of the many reasons. But, a lot of people underestimate that they’re an excellent source of nutrition. So as you relax and enjoy the warmer weather, why not buy a bag from your local grocery store and take a bite into a summer favorite.

When they’re available, Peddler’s Son carries delicious cherries that restaurants, caterers, healthcare facilities, and schools can incorporate into their menus. We bring in quality produce from around the world to ensure your business is stocked with the best food in Arizona. 

The Nutritional Benefits of the Cherry Fruit

While cherries may be small, they are packed with flavors and nutrients. All varieties of cherries are highly nutritious. According to Healthline, one cup of sweet, raw, pitted cherries contains:

  • Calories: 97
  • Protein: 2 grams
  • Carbs: 25 grams
  • Fiber: 3 grams
  • Vitamin C: 18% of the Daily Value (DV)
  • Potassium: 10% of the DV
  • Copper: 5% of the DV
  • Manganese: 5% of the DV

Additionally, the cherry is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. Molecules conducted a study and found that they reduced inflammation in 11 out of 16 studies and oxidative stress in 8 out of 10 studies. It’s also been shown that increasing your intake of fruits is beneficial to one’s heart.

The cherry fruit is also an incredible resource for people seeking help in improving sleep quality. This may be attributed to the fruit’s high concentration of plant compounds. Not to mention cherries contain melatonin, a chemical compound that regulates our sleep-wake cycle. A study was conducted that showed that subjects who drank cherry juice for 7 days experienced a significant increase in melatonin levels, resulting in better sleep quality.

Cherries Are Easy to Add to Your Diet

The cherry fruit is an incredibly versatile, delicious fruit that can be easily added to your diet. Both tart and sweet varieties pair well with many different foods. Plus, there are an array of products, like dried cherries, cherry powder, and juice to freshen up your recipes. The possibilities are endless, and you won’t regret adding these delicious flavors into your diet.

We Promise with a Cherry On Top, These Recipes Are Worth It

Looking for a dish that blends the flavors of sweet and spicy? Why not try this incredible Cherry Chutney recipe? All you need is 3 cups of pitted cherries, some bell peppers, ginger, cardamom, balsamic vinegar, and other basic ingredients. This recipe is perfect on grilled chicken or as a side to your favorite summer dish. 

What about the perfect summer salad? When you add cherries into this amazingly fresh recipe, you’ll never look at leafy salads the same again. All you need is a watermelon, 2 cups of cherries, blueberries, an English cucumber, feta cheese, mint leaves, and other easily obtainable ingredients. 

In the mood for dessert? Why not go with an American classic. The cherry pie is a summer staple that’s always a hit at dinner parties or backyard barbeques. Taste of Home has a delicious recipe that is bound to please your guests or your party of one.

These are just a few recipes that use cherries to enhance their flavors. It’s such a versatile fruit, we bet you can find countless other ways to incorporate it into your favorite dishes. 

Peddler’s Son is the Go-To Source for Quality Produce Distribution

At Peddler’s Son, we work with a variety of vendors to ensure they receive products that their customers want. Whether you are a local restaurant, healthcare food service provider, grocery store, or school, our team is committed to your food needs. Contact us today to learn what products and services we can provide you.

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