What are Tart Cherries?
What are tart cherries? Other names: Prunus cerasus, sour cherry, pie cherry, tart cherry juice, montmorency cherry, balaton cherry Cherries are the smallest members of the stone fruit family, which include plums, apricots, nectarines, and peaches. Cherrries are typically classified as either sweet or tart. Sweet cherries include Bing cherries, Lambert cherries, Rainier cherries and are grown mainly in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Tart cherries include the Montmorency and Balaton varieties and are produced primarily in Michigan. Why do people use tart cherries and tart cherry juice? Both sweet and tart cherries and cherry juice have long been used by traditional healers as a folk remedy for gout, because cherries are thought to lower urate levels in the body. Tart cherries are used for conditions involving inflammation and pain, such as: • arthritis • gout • muscle pain • back pain • diabetes • neurodegenerative diseases Both swee