SOUR CHERRIES (Prunus cerasus L.)
Sour Cherry (Prunus cerasus L.) is a woody plant, and belongs to the family Rosaceae, genus Prunus. Sour cherries are in high demand for fresh consumption, but they are also very appreciated in industrial processing in production of juices, jams, compotes, brandy and as a frozen product. It is believed that cherries originating in Asia Minor, and brought to Greece. According to its nutritional composition, cherries are especially rich in vitamins C and B, and potassium. Thanks to the plant pigment anthocyanin, a strong antioxidant, cherries are also very important in preventing cancer and heart disease.
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