Properties and benefits of cherries: they protect the eyes and also help the liver and skin

Purifying, detoxifying, diuretic and anti-rheumatic, cherries are rich in beneficial properties that are important for our health and beauty. The best qualities in Italy? In the North, in Vignola, and in the South, in the province of Bari.

THE BENEFICIAL EFFECTS OF CHERRIES
Slimming with cherries: not only is it possible, but it is also a very healthy solution, considering all the benefits that this fruit brings, and it is really simple. Just a few, 25-30, a day, fasting and with some continuity, and the diet is done. At the same time, thanks to the cherries, you will have purified the blood, drained the liver and improved the functionality of your joints.

VARIETY OF CHERRIES
With their bright red color, the cherries are the fruit of a tree that belongs to the family of Rosaceae and that probably comes from Asia. In particular, there are two main species of cherry trees: Prunus avium, also called sweet cherry, and Prunus cerasus, instead called acid cherry. From the first derive mainly two different varieties of cherries: the tender and the duracine. While the tender cherries are red with tender flesh, the duracins instead can be dark red or almost black with red flesh or light red with pinkish flesh and crunchy.

The sour cherry tree, on the other hand, produces three different varieties: the sour cherries with an intense red colour and used above all for the production of syrups and juices, the morello cherries used instead by the canning industry to produce liqueurs and, finally, the sour cherries, very sweet and generally to be consumed fresh or as preserves.

WHEN TO PICK CHERRIES
Cherries are harvested from mid-May to the end of June and only when they are ripe: once removed from the tree they do not ripen anymore.

OWNERSHIP OF THE CHERRIES
That fruit is good for our body is now a fact, but perhaps few people know that in cherries hide countless properties important for our health. To begin with, cherries are rich in vitamins C and A, which help protect eyesight and contribute to the proper functioning of the immune system. They also contain folic acid, calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and flavonoids, important substances for the fight against free radicals. Purifying, detoxifying, diuretic and anti-rheumatic, cherries also help to prevent numerous diseases such as arteriosclerosis, kidney dysfunction and cellular aging.

CURATIVE PROPERTIES OF THE CHERRIES
Cherries are also a type of fruit that is definitely not wasted: in fact, with peduncles it is possible to make decoctions and herbal teas that are useful for purifying the kidneys and calming cystitis. In the first case, just bring a litre of water to the boil and then dip a handful of dried cherry stems in it. Leave to infuse for about 10 minutes and then drink the herbal tea. In case of cystitis, prepare an infusion by boiling a handful of broken peduncles of wild cherry in a liter of water for 10 minutes. Filter and drink two cups a day between meals.

CHERRIES AS ALLIES FOR OUR BEAUTY
But cherries are not only perfect allies of our health but also of our beauty. Thanks to the presence of carotenes and mineral salts, they are in fact the ideal fruit to protect the skin from the sun and obtain a natural and homogeneous tan. Their pulp is also an excellent revitalizer for the skin of the face, especially if irritated. If your skin is oily, try this cherry mask, rich in vitamins, healthy and low cost: take some cherries, remove their core and then crush them and spread them on the face and neck. Almost calorie-free, cherries can also be consumed in low-calorie diets and in the diet of diabetics.

THE BEST ITALIAN CHERRIES
Don’t waste money buying cherries from abroad, maybe out of season. Italian cherries are among the best in the world. In particular, the most famous for their quality and taste are grown in two areas of the country, in the north and south. The first are the cherries of Vignola, in the province of Modena; the second are produced in Conversano, in the province of Bari. In the Apulian territory, 34 percent of all cherries made in Italy are produced: one in three cherries in Italy comes from Bari.