Sweet Cherry (Prunus avium) is a member of the Rosaceae family. It is a medium sized tree with white flowers and deep red fruit. Sweet Cherry originated in the area between the Black and Caspian seas. It spread throughout Europe and was used by both the ancient Greek and Romans. The tree was first brought to North America in 1629 by English colonists. Sweet Cherry has demonstrated anti-inflammatory and diuretic effects. It has been used as a tea and to treat cough and colds. Flavonoids can be found in sweet cherry extracts. Cherries also provide other nutrients, vitamins, and minerals good for health. Maraschino cherries are made mostly from sweet cherries.
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