Eat red for cherry impressive health benefits

Cherry-in-the-bowl_CROPPED EAT RED FOR CHERRY IMPRESSIVE HEALTH BENEFITSNow that winter’s here, there’s nothing like a delectable flavour of summer to cheer things up! This month, we’re delighted to bring you our amazing winter cherries, fresh from the finest orchards in the USA. Just give us a call on 1300 857 776, and we’ll add them to your regular fruit delivery.

 

These large, dark red, premium cherries taste spectacular. And they’re jam packed with some cherry impressive health benefits too. Check them out below.

 

Dark red cherries provide super antioxidants

The pigments that make dark red cherries their stunning hue are polyphenolic flavonoid compounds known as anthocyanin glycosides. Anthocyanins are red, purple or blue pigments found in many fruits and vegetables, especially concentrated in the skin. These anthocyanins have powerful antioxidant properties.

 

Cherries rank among the top 20 foods with the highest concentration of antioxidants that may protect our cells from damage caused by unstable molecules, known as free radicals. Research suggests the antioxidant compounds found in cherries help our bodies fight against cancers, aging and various neurological conditions.

 

A natural anti-inflammatory

Scientific studies have found that anthocyanins in cherries act like anti-inflammatory agents by blocking the actions of cyclooxygenase-1, and 2 enzymes. So, if you’ve taken up a sport or suffer from gout, arthritis, or fibromyalgia, cherries are a natural way to assist recovery from sports injuries and conditions. Cherries’ anti-inflammatory properties may also be effective in reducing heart-disease risk factors.

 

Headaches and insomnia

Cherries are rich in a naturally-occurring hormone produced by the pineal gland in the brain called melatonin. Melatonin crosses the blood-brain barrier and produces soothing effects on the brain neurons. At some point or other, we all experience disruptions to our sleep patterns, like when the clocks change or we have jet lag. Eating a handful of cherries just before bed is a natural way to regulate sleep cycles, calm nervous system irritability and even help headaches.

 

How to store your cherries at work

• Cherries keep for up to 10 days if placed uncovered in the coldest part of your office fridge (but we don’t think you’ll resist them for that long).

• Preserve your cherries by rinsing them under cold water only when you’re ready to eat them.

• To make cherries last longer, avoid placing them near windows, sunlit areas or warm spots in the office.

 

 

LUNCH AT YOUR DESK RECIPE OF THE MONTH

 

Winter Cherry Salad with Rocket and Goat’s Cheese

Sweet winter cherries offset the peppery rocket and the famous tang of creamy goat’s cheese in this delicious salad for work.

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What you need

– 250g baby rocket leaves

– 300g goat’s cheese in ash, crumbled

– 1 cup fresh cherries, stones removed and sliced

 

For the dressing

– 1½ tbsp extra virgin olive oil

– 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

– Sea salt and pepper to taste

 

To prepare

1. Combine dressing ingredients and season with sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste.

2. Combine rocket, goat’s cheese and fresh cherries and toss well.

3. Drizzle salad with dressing and serve immediately.

 

For a twist

Before you go to work, toast half a cup of walnuts in a non-stick pan for 2-3 minutes. Cool on a plate and then keep them to add to the salad for extra crunchy flavour. You can also add slices of fresh pear for a fantastic infusion of flavours.

 

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