Monday, May 18, 2009

Cherries, cherries and chicories

This week, the harbingers of spring are cherries and chicories. The two could not be more different.

The cherries I got are deep red, almost black and they are so sweet and juicy. The chicories are multi-colored greens and maroons with a bitter taste many dislike.

Chicory is known to contain a number of nutritional and health benefits. It is high in Vitamin A, calcium and potassium. It contains iron, niacin, phosphorus, among other minerals. Interestingly, chicory contains inulin. This is very beneficial to diabetics as it helps to reduce blood sugar levels. Chicory is also good for your digestion. So eat up the bitter greens!

Cherries are often called a "super fruit." They are sky high in antioxidants. They're good for your heart and reportedly for your belly too. They reduce belly fat. Of course, most of the research has been done on tart cherries that ripen in about a month, but I think the sweet cherries we get are pretty amazing too.

It seems like spring is super food season.

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