What are the health benefits of cherries?


These little red fruits are a delight during the summer time. Bright red, shiny juicy, they're a sweet treat that's good for you too. So what are the health benefits of eating cherries? And what can you make with cherries? Find out below!

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What are the health benefits of cherries?

Aussie cherries are the apple of our eye right now. There’s nothing better than seeing boxes of the bauble-like fruit stacked high in the supermarket. Ready to pop into your mouth, delightfully juicy and sweet. But make sure you reserve some to add to summer dishes including Christmas desserts! Beyond just their dark red good looks and juicy flavour, what are the benefits of cherries?

The benefits of eating cherries

According to Australian Cherries, this fruit is a powerhouse of benefits :

  • Fresh cherries are a rich source of antioxidants and phytonutrients – plant pigments that have been linked to a variety of health-promoting benefits including anti-inflammatory and anti-obesity effects.
  • Research suggests that cherries may promote the repair of muscles that have been damaged by exercise. So they’re perfect for a post-workout snack.
  • Eating plant foods rich in antioxidants, such as fresh cherries, may help to reduce and neutralise free radicals and slow the signs of skin ageing.

Cherry recipes

Try fresh summer cherries in the following recipes, including desserts, salads, platters and more!

Get the recipe: Cherry Coconut Cheesecake with Chocolate Crackle Base

The flavours of this cheesecake replicate the Australian favourite chocolate bar... Cherry Ripe! Silky, smooth with a crunchy base, this no-bake sweet treat screams summer.

Get the recipe: White Forest Crackle Cheesecake Log

This gorgeous dessert is worthy of being the centrepiece of your Christmas dessert spread. Crunchy white chocolate crackle, creamy cheesecake and juicy cherries, so pretty and so yummy.

Get the recipe: Cherry Roast Chicken with Sage Stuffing and Cherry Sauce

If you can't get fresh cherries, you can still enjoy them from the can to make wonderful recipes like this festive roast chicken. The sweet flavour of cherries works wonderfully with the savoury chicken.