Cherry

Scientific Name: 
Prunus avium
Family Name: 
Rosaceae
Place of Origin: 
Europe, Northwestern Africa and Western Asia
Plant Description: 
A decidious tree producing white flowers in early spring and vibrant red fruit.
Plant Height: 
15-32m
Plant Use: 
Edible
Beverage
Medicinal
Craft/Construction/Fibre
Dye
Of Interest: 
Wild cherries have been eaten by humans for several thousands of years but have recently been rediscovered as one of the worlds superfoods. They are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and compounds that help with everything from helping you get a better night's sleep to preventing heart disease and cancer. Recent studies have revealed that cherries are one of the richest known sources of natural melatonin. Dubbed the 'all-natural nightcap', melatonin has been found to hasten sleep and ease jet lag. Low levels of melatonin have been associated with heart disease and higher cancer rates so increasing the levels of melatonin in your body by munching on cherries can prevent these diseases. Working in conjunction with melatonin, the perillyl alcohol in cherries also deprive cancerous cells of the proteins they require in order to grow, effectively reducing the occurrence of all types of cancer.
Plant Type: 
Large Tree
Climate: 
Temperate
Cool Temperate
Warm Temperate
Deciduous or Evergreen: 
Deciduous

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