If there's such a thing as a Mecca for cherries, East County is it. In late spring, cherry lovers from all points of the Bay Area converge on our orchards to pluck the precious red orbs.
Getting more than you bargained for is usually not a good thing but not in the case of cherries. Cherry juice is an easy way to add a powerful antioxidant punch to great flavor and vibrant color in a morning pick-me-up or an evening cocktail.
Cherries belong to the family of super fruits : fruits exceptionally rich in nutrients and loaded with antioxidants. Super fruits come in many forms, from fresh to frozen to dried. But one of the most convenient ways to obtain their benefits is to drink them. And the tart cherry is one of today's most popular and healthful options.
Research suggests that cherries help reduce inflammation and risk factors for heart disease and help relieve arthritis pain. Cherries are also one of the few food sources of the antioxidant melatonin, which can help aid with sleep and jet lag.
According to Dr. Wendy Bazilian, author of the newest edition of The SuperFoodsRx Diet: Lose Weight with the Power of SuperNutrients, cherries truly are red hot. As the understanding and popularity of SuperFoods increases, she says, we're learning that nature offers some helpful cues to good health. For example, the same nutrients that give cherries their bright red color are also a key to some of their most promising health benefits.
Enjoy the Power of Red with these unique cherry beverages:
The Cherry Red Eye Mojito is an eye-catching twist on the Brazilian classic, perfect for cocktail hour or special occasion entertaining. The Red Alert blends lip-smacking cherry juice with another trendy and healthful ingredient coconut water. Gaining popularity as a cooking ingredient and sports drink (for its high potassium and mineral content), this blend is great for cooling off after a workout or as a morning wake-up drink.
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Red Eye Mojito