A cherry is a stone fruit which is round in shape, small in size and is red or black in color when ripe. Cherries are supposed to have originated from Europe, Western Asia and other parts of Northern Africa.
A cherry is considered an antioxidant fruit for it contains high levels of anthocyanins (which is the red pigment found in most red/purple fruits and vegetables). Being an antioxidant fruit, it contains lots of health benefits too! Cherries are known to reduce the risk of heart diseases and cancer.
Did you know that there are over 1,000 types of cherries? These cherries are categorized into two main kinds: Prunus avium (sweet cherry) and Prunus cerasus (sour cherry). Sour cherries appear to be more acidic than sweet cherries for they contain higher levels of vitamin C.
There are many kinds of sweet cherries, namely: Bing, Lambert, Rainier, Royal Ann, Van Cherry, Santina and many more. On the other hand, the most common of the sour cherries is the Montgomery.
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