Fruity and luxurious
The cherry tree has grown in Europe and Asia since 600 BC. It is known for its fragrant, white blossoms, which are followed by small, bright red fruits, sour cherries. These cherries are harvested by vigorously shaking the trees. The cherries can be eaten raw, juiced, dried, frozen or tinned, cooked for use in pies, and jams and are also used for wine and liqueurs.
The cherry stone yields edible oil that, once refined, can be used in a salad dressing. The leaves can be used as a tea. A gum can be obtained from the trunk. Traditionally, herbalists infused cherry fruit stalks to make a diuretic, astringent tonic for cystitis, oedema and diarrhoea. Studies suggest that sour cherries contain high levels of anthracyclines, are anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. We make our infusion by adding dried cherries to boiled water.