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A Craving for Cherries!
Cherries, one of the world’s most craved fruits, are grown in 20 countries worldwide. These fan favorites are cited as far back as the third century BC when Theophrastus, Aristole’s protégé, listed them in the History of Plants. Like many fresh foods, cherries were first used for their medicinal qualities, not as a sweet treat we love today.
Michigan harvests 35,000 acres of tart cherry trees, which is almost 75% of those produced in the United States. It is no surprise that Traverse City is called the Cherry Capital of the World and Eau Claire is known as the Cherry Pit Spitting Capital of the World.
Cherries have recently come into “super fruit” status. These healthful gems, like many fruits, are low in cholesterol, fat and sodium while being a powerful packet of vitamin C and E, potassium, magnesium, iron and fiber. What makes the cherry stand out from the crowd, however, is its high antioxidant levels – more than grapes, oranges, plums, raspberries and strawberries combined! Research shows that cherries also hold melatonin, an antioxidant renowned for regulating sleep cycles. They are also said to ease inflammation, arthritic pain and even memory loss. Whether enjoyed fresh, frozen, juiced or dried, the cherry is one healthy super star.
These Chocolate Chip Cherry Bars use my favorite blondie base and turn out perfectly every single time!
“When I was a kid growing up, we had a cherry tree in the backyard. 100 years old. I climbed it, and it gave shade in the summertime and excellent cherries in the late summer. Having cherry blossoms around gives the best springtime vibe ever.”
~ Andrew Wyatt