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Did you wake up this morning wanting to know more about cherries in general and black cherries in particular? If you did, then this is for you. And, as a treat, there is a very good black cherry smoothie recipe as well.

First, the scientific name for black cherry is “Prunus serotina”. This is important because black cherries are also known by other many other names; rum cherry, mountain black cherry, wild black cherry. All these names refer to the same tree.

Nutritionally, black cherries are something of a mixed bag. They are high in sugars, low in fat, and high in fiber. They also have antioxidant properties that some like the American Dietetic Association believe help to prevent chronic diseases. Beware of canned cherries as the syrup used in packing is corn syrup based and can be very high in calories. Fresh, a cup of black cherries carries about 90 calories.

As a food, black cherries have a much more tart taste than traditional sweet cherries and are used in many food products. Uses include baked goods, jam, flavored liqueur, sodas, and frozen products like ice cream and yogurts.

Should you want to know even more about the black cherry, follow this link for a page maintained by U.S. Forest Service.

And here is the Black Cherry smoothie recipe. For even more nutritional value you can add a tablespoon of Chia seed to the mix. Chia won’t change the taste results of the recipe but it will add a whole range of nutritional value including heart healthy omgea-3 fatty acids. Chia seed is available in health food stores or at Amazon just by clicking the link.

In your favorite blender mix:

  • 1 cup black cherries, pitted
  • 1/2 cup red raspberries
  • 2 oz. (1/4 cup) cranberry juice
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp. Chia seed (optional)
  • Ice to taste

Black Cherry Smoothie

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