Historians believe that cherries date from prehistoric times in Asia.  It is believed that Chinese warrior-farmers living in the northwestern highlands of Shensi 'in 600 BCE' feasted on cherries and plums as their summer dessert.

Pliny, the Elder (AD 23-79), That fine roman lower of the natural word, tells us that there were no cherry-trees in Italy until 74 BC, but that in the following 120 years, they crossed the ocean and 'spread as far as Britain.' Defining the different trees, he mentions the Lusitanian cherry, the Macedonian cherry and the Junian cherry. 

In America the Chokecherry was growing in North America long before the Europeans arrived and was used for food and medicine by the Native Americans.  The wild Chokecherry eventually became and important ingredient in the famous Smith Brothers cough drops.     

When European colonists began journeying to the New World in the 17th century, about two dozen different varieties of cherries had been developed by the English who then brought these enticingly sweet fruits to New England.    French settlers from Normandy arrived in the Midwest in cities like Detroit; they planted cherry pits that they brought to the New World.  Soon cherry trees held a prominent place in their gardens along the Saint Lawrence River and the Great Lakes area.

Michigan State University, Medical College of Ohio, and University of Iowa have been researching the benefits of cherries and they have found that they are known to reduce the pain of arthritis, gout and headaches. The anthocyanins and antioxidants in cherries are amazing.  The red pigments in cherries contain natural anthocyanins.   Anthocyanins are anti-inflammatory pain relievers 10 times stronger than aspirin or ibuprofen. They help shut down the enzymes that cause tissue inflammation in the first place.  Cherries have a positive effect on kidney stones, gallbladder ailments, tooth decay, preventing varicose veins, reducing cholesterol, reducing the risk of heart attack, helping with sleep, reduce risk of cancer 50%, reduce inflammation, and reduce headaches.

 Eight years ago the cherry growers began to cite the above research. Immediately the FDA came down hard on 29 of them, threatening legal action if they didn't remove the scientific evidence about cherries from their Web sites. The FDA warned that it's a violation of federal law to tout the fruit's health powers to help market cherry products.   The FDA recently sent a letter to 29 businesses warning that the health benefits of cherries and other fruits cannot be touted in written marketing.

At the very same time the FDA was harassing cherry farmers, the agency was approving the heart-stopping drug Vioxx, which was pulled from the American market in 2004. Think about that -- truthful studies about cherries could not be referred to, but deadly and dangerous drugs could be advertised everywhere.

Eating about 20 tart cherries per day could reduce inflammatory pain and benefit the consumer with antioxidant protection. Twenty tart cherries contain 12 to 25 milligrams of active antioxidant compounds.  1/4 cup of dried tart cherries counts as one of the five servings of fruits and vegetables per day the National Cancer Institute recommends to help maintain your health.

National Cherry Growers & Industries Foundation, Date posted: 2/1/1999. Source: American Chemical Society, 2667 Reed Road, Hood River, OR 97231.
Benefits of Cherries Research, Michigan State University, 1999
Cherries Shut Down the Growth of Cancer Cells ,  Raymond Hohl, M.D., at the University of Iowa in Iowa City
The Juicing Book by Stephen Blauer, Avery Publishing Group Inc., NY, 1989
Juice Fasting and Detoxification, Steve Meyerowitz, Dist. Book Pub. Co. 2002

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