The word cherry refers to a fleshy fruit (drupe) that contains a single stony seed. The cherry belongs to the family Rosaceae, genus Prunus, along with almonds, peaches, plums, apricots and bird cherries. The subgenus, Cerasus, is distinguished by having the flowers in small corymbs of several together (not singly, nor in racemes), and by having a smooth fruit with only a weak groove or none along one side. The subgenus is native to the temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere, with two species in America, three in Europe, and the remainder in Asia. The word "cherry" comes from the French word "cerise", which comes in turn from the Latin words cerasum and Cerasus.
Health Benefits of Cherry
- Help fight cancer
- Aid in prevention of heart disease
- Relieve Pain of Arthritis, Gout, Headaches
- Ease the symptoms associated with Fibromyalgia Syndrome
- Provide a healthy and safe way to produce melatonin
- Improve physiological and mental functions