Sunday, March 13, 2011
Cherries. A wonderful gift from nature.
I hope you are having a nice weekend! This weekend has been relatively quiet, with some work to do, but also some time learning more about last week's devastating disaster. It truly makes one appreciate both large and small things in life, and who we love and hold dear. I cannot begin to imagine what the citizens of Japan are going through, as well as friends and family of the Japanese, living elsewhere. We must be thankful, but also, remember to give. Give a prayer and if possible, a helping hand. As I sit here in my comfortable home, drinking green tea, feeling nothing but the greatest of ease, I remember to be grateful for being able to do this. On a lighter and more cheerful note, today, we look at cherries—delicious and vivid cherries...
And, some very interesting information about cherries... apparently, they are rich in antioxidants as well as containing Anthocyanin, which may help reduce inflammation and ease the pain of arthritis and other ailments, as well as "reducing risk factors for heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers. Cherries also contain melatonin, which has been found to help regulate the body’s natural sleep patterns, aid with jet lag, prevent memory loss and delay the aging process". They are also a wonderful source of vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, iron, fiber and folate. And what must we gain from all of this? The perfectly respectible request for a hot fudge sundae with cherry on top... if only for the health benefits, naturally, *wink* + a lovely recipe on one of my favorite desserts to include cherries: cherry clafoutis!
— info & quote: choose cherries / images: 01, 02, 03, 05, 06, 07, 10, 11, 13, 14 / 04, 07: Vogue Living Australia, by James Merrell /08, 09, 12 French Home, by Claire Richardson