Food for Thought – A Berry Cherry February

Enjoy nature’s candy A february Delight


Discover the tantalizing world of cherries, where flavor meets a powerhouse of nutrition.

These ruby-red gems not only captivate your taste buds but also bring a cascade of health benefits. Dive into the irresistible allure of cherries, unlocking a journey to vibrant well-being through every juicy bite.

If you’re wondering why cherries are a February delight, the answer may surprise you!

George Washington was born on February 22nd. He is known as “the man who chopped down the cherry tree” in American culture, which is now known to be an old tale! As the story goes, his father wondered who had cut down his cherry tree, to which President Washington replied “I cannot tell a lie, I chopped down the cherry tree,” and thus came about his honest reputation. Because of this, cherries have since been associated with the month of February.

Fun facts about cherries

Cherries are rich in antioxidants

Packed with powerful compounds like anthocyanins and quercetin, these antioxidants not only lend cherries their beautiful red hue but also play a pivotal role in combating oxidative stress within the body. As you indulge in the sweet and tart flavor of cherries, you’re not just savoring a delicious treat; you’re also supporting your overall well-being and potentially mitigating the risk of various health issues.


Charry trees begin to blossom in February.

Cherry trees exhibit the first signs of awakening from winter dormancy as they enter the blooming phase in February. The early days of this month witness the gradual transformation of bare branches into a spectacle of delicate, white or pink blossoms. It’s a perfect opportunity to see these beautiful trees come to life!

cherries on tree

There are two main types of cherries: Sweet and Tart

Sweet cherries, such as Bing and Rainier, are celebrated for their juicy, flavorful flesh, perfect for snacking or enhancing various dishes. On the other hand, tart varieties like Montmorency bring a tangy and acidic punch, making them ideal for baking, preserves, and crafting refreshing beverages.

sweet vs tart

Sweet Cherries

Sweet cherries contain more natural sugars making them, well… sweet! These red gems tend to be darker in color than their tart counterparts. They are also generally larger than tart cherries.

sweet cherries

Tart Cherries

Tart berries tend to be used for baking sweets such as muffins, pies, and cakes, which granted them the nickname “Pie cherry.” Both cherries can be eaten fresh, though!

tart cherries

Cherry-Inspired Recipes!

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– Milena Hurtado, GatorCare Wellness Intern

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