While many of us waited patiently for summer to begin here in the Inland Northwest, those 100 degree temperatures were not what we had in mind. Now that it is cooling down a bit, head on up to Greenbluff for some cherry picking before the season ends in mid August. You can also visit any of our local Farmer's Markets for fresh picked cherries.
The cherry, a stone fruit or drupe fruit, is known as an inflammation fighting fruit. Cherries are a source of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. They are high in fiber and low in calories which makes them a perfect choice for snacking.
If, however, you are looking for a powerful inflammation fighting cherry, look toward tart cherries. They have been compared to ibuprofen in their ability to relieve the pain of arthritis and gout. Post Falls resident, Rachel Zender, has nothing but good to say of tart cherry juice. Her husband, Jeremy, suffers from gout and she said when he drinks concentrated tart cherry juice his symptoms are drastically reduced.
Kerry Kuehl, MD, DrPH, Oregon Health & Science University, says, "With millions of Americans looking for ways to naturally manage pain, it’s promising that tart cherries can help, without the possible side effects often associated with arthritis medications. I’m intrigued by the potential for a real food to offer such a powerful anti-inflammatory benefit – especially for active adults."
Here are a few resources for purchasing tart cherries in the Spokane and North Idaho area:
- Costco in Spokane and Coeur d'Alene - dried Tart Montmorency Cherries
- Trader Joes in Spokane - Tart Cherry Juice and dried tart cherries
- Pilgrims Market in Coeur d'Alene - Tart cherry juice and dried tart cherries
- Huckleberry's Natural Market in Spokane - Tart cherry juice and dried tart cherries
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