Tart Cherries May Help Reduce Arthritis and Gout Inflammation


Research indicates that tart cherries may help reduce inflammation related to arthritis and gout.

For decades, people with arthritis and gout have consumed tart cherry juice for relief of symptoms – even though much of the evidence was anecdotal, and some people dismissed the soothing claims as folklore.

Now there’s hard science to back it up.  Tart cherries are one of the highest sources of phenolic compounds, specifically anthocyanins, which have been shown to fight inflammation – even as much as some pain medications. In fact, some researchers have concluded that tart cherries have more inflammation-fighting potential than any other food.

A look at the evidence.

  • Reduces uric acid levels. Excess uric acid in the blood is the culprit behind the excruciating pain of a gout attack...

A 12 Duckling Rescue


When this mother duck was out for a walk during a nice and warm summer day with her 12 little ones, she crossed a manhole grate and sadly all her ducklings got stuck down in a drain. Luckily for mama duck, some nearby office workers heard her cries of distress and hatched a daring rescue plan.



Tart Cherry Recovery Gummies



Total Time: 15 minutes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Yield: 128 individual gummies
Level: Beginner


  • 1 1/4 cups tart cherry juice
  • 1/4 cup unflavored gelatin
  • 1/3 cup honey


In a small bowl, stir together the juice and the gelatin until the gelatin is fully dissolved. Pour the mixture into a small saucepan on low-medium heat and add the honey. Continue stirring until well mixed but making sure not to boil. Remove from heat, allowing it to slightly cool before pouring into a rectangular hard candy sheet mold (use a sheet mold tray with 64 molds of 3/4″ x 1″). Allow it to cool for about 10 minutes or until it begins to gel before transferring into the refrigerator. Place in the refrigerator at least 30 minutes to allow it to set.


Instead of a can...


The 7-day Tart Cherry Juice Challenge


The 7-day Tart Cherry Juice Challenge

What is it?

Research suggests tart cherry juice or concentrate may help ease muscle pain associated with intense exercise, leading to a growing number of elite athletes and weekend warriors including tart cherry juice in their training routine.

Soreness after a workout is caused by a combination of inflammation, muscle damage and oxidative stress – and researchers suggest the natural compounds in Montmorency tart cherries, including anthocyanins, may aid in faster recovery, decreased muscle pain, and less muscle damage when consumed prior to working out, as well as after.1,2,3

What to do:

Drink either 8 ounces of tart cherry juice or 2 tablespoons...


11 Sublime Sour Cherry Recipes from Epicurious

We were looking for more recipes that include the Tart Cherries we love and ended up with SOOO many we wanted to try.  So we included them here.  If you try these out, please share your comments!


Read the full article.

Here are the 11 fabulous recipes the author, Kerry Acker, will be turning to very, very soon. Carpe cherry!

Cherry Pie

Sour Cherry Salsa

Sour-Cherry Streusel Pie

Sour Cherry Crostata

Sour Cherry Preserves

Classic Sour Cherry Pie with Lattice Crust

Sour Cherry Compote

Sour Cherry Crumble

Sour Cherry Strudels

Warm Skillet Sour Cherries with Vanilla Ice Cream

Sour Cherry Cobbler


Monday Monday

Nature Blessed hopes you had a wonderful weekend!

And now, a Monday Monday musical interlude.


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Five Things about the National Cherry Festival from ChooseCherries.com

The National Cherry Festival is an annual celebration of everything cherries. Here are five can’t miss things to do inTraverse City, Mich.

  1. Cherry Farm Market – with more than 100 very cherry products, including cherry summer sausage, tart cherry salsas and mustards, and traditional jams and jellies, you’ll find everything you need to incorporate tart cherries into your everyday dishes!
  2. Very Cherry Cooking Demos – don’t miss simple and delicious ways to cook with cherries, daily at noon and 2 p.m.
  3. Award-winning pie – you can’t go to northern Michigan and not try the pie! Check out the National Cherry Festival’s signature cherry pies from Grand Traverse Pie Company.
  4. Tart cherries – need we say more? Use the National Cherry Festival to celebrate all things tart – in dried,...

Almost Cake – Cherry Almond Bread

There are some flavors that seem to go together so perfectly, and cherries and almond happen to fit into that category.  In this sweet, cake-like bread the essence of almond permeates the tender bread and the bright cherries give a burst of fruitiness that accentuates it even more.

Doesn’t Cherry Almond Bread look amazing?  The recipe is from HonestCooking.com.




Inside A Tart Cherry Revival


Original radio story link.

Some fruits, like apples, you can find anywhere. But others have gotten a little bit lost in today’s global food business.

Take tart cherries, also known as sour cherries. Unlike sweet cherries, America’s tart cherries are too fragile to ship very far, so most people never get to taste a fresh one.

They’re typically frozen, then baked into that iconic American dessert, the cherry pie — and cherry pies aren’t as popular as they used to be.

Yet the humble sour cherry is experiencing an unlikely renaissance — and the best may be yet to come.

Listen to the Story - Inside A Tart Cherry Revival: ‘Somebody Needs To Do This!’