Cherries: A complete guide

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Succulent and indulgent, cherries are a prime example of how beautifully nutrition and taste can intertwine.

Whether you prefer the sweet or sour varieties, you can certainly reap the impressive array of health benefits by including them in your diet.

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Health benefits
High in antioxidants aiding prevention against cancers, heart-disease, aging and neurological diseases.
High in vitamin C keeping cells healthy and supported.
High in potassium which supports good heart health.
One of the only natural sources of melatonin, a hormone that regulates healthy sleep patterns.
Good source of fibre supporting healthy digestion.
Powerful anti-inflammatory great for joint and muscle soreness.

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How to enjoy
Simply as is for a quick snack.
Tossed through a fresh fruit salad.
Blended frozen into a rich smoothie or milkshake.
Mixed into cakes, biscuits, muffins and slices for a tart or sweet addition.
Preserved for jams or jellies.
Baked in sweet or savoury pies, or as a pastry or ice-cream topping.

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How do you incorporate cherries in your diet? Any favourite recipes you would like to share? Let us know!

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