The Cherry is a member of the Rosaceae family. Around 60 cherry species are cultivated in the temperate zone of the northern hemisphere, mainly eastern Asia. In Poland, there are only two naturally-occurring species: the protected European dwarf cherry (Prunus fruticosa) which grows over the highlands in the south, and the wild cherry (Prunus avium), also known as wild cherry or gean.
Cherries are a good source of vitamins B2, A and C, as well as of the minerals potassium, copper and manganese. Importantly, 100 grams of this delicious fruit provides us with over 50% RDA for vitamin A. Due to the high content of vitamin A (beta-carotene), the cherry reduces the risk of circulatory-system diseases, is good for the skin, hair and nails, and improves the sight.
The latest research suggests that cherries have the most anti-inflammatory compounds of all the product groups. Because of that, they reduce chronic inflammation and alleviate the effects of osteoarthritis.