If young George only knew before he chopped the cherry tree

augustinegeorge_washingtonSo the story goes, young George Washington was having fun with his hatchet and chopped his Father’s favorite cherry tree.  When his Father found the tree and confronted George, young George cried “I cannot tell a lie”.  The story continues with his Father consoling young George saying telling the truth is worth more than a thousand trees.

So why the history lesson?  It goes well with cherries.

Yes the truth is worth more than a thousand trees.  That is saying a lot especially since the cherry tree produces one of my favorite fruits, cherries.

Not only are they delicious (I know I know people either love ’em or hate ’em) they are also super good for you!  Cherries fall into the Super Fruit category providing all kinds of healthy benefits.

  • cherriesAnti-Inflammatory ~ Cherries contain anthocyanins which help prevent free radical damage AND inhibit cyclogenease enzymes (Cox) which causes the inflammation response
  • Heart Health ~ Cherries are considered to be a significant source of quercetin which helps prevent heart disease
  • Sleep Aid ~ one of the highest natural sources for melatonin
  • Antioxidant ~ Quercetin, natural antioxidant also high amounts of Cyanidin also an antioxidant
  • Arthritis relief ~ thanks to the anti-inflammatory properties from the anthocyanins
  • Memory Booster ~ another thanks goes to the anthocyanins which are also good for the brain
  • Packed with Vitamins and Minerals ~ Cherries are a good source of Vitamin C & Vitamin A plus the minerals Copper (promotes tissue health) & Boron

With all the health benefits of cherries and their great taste what’s not to love!  Like most fruit and vegetables fresh is best however cherries have a short Summer growing season so in the off-season its juice or dried cherries for me.

Young George may have been having fun with his hatchet but I like to think older George grew the same fondness for cherry tree’s his Father had.