Cherries have a long varied history, originating in Asia Minor and cultivated by the ancient Greeks and Romans. The dry climate with hot sunny days and cool nights east of the cascade mountain range is ideal for growing these stone fruits. Cherries are not only delicious, but also pack vitamins and minerals with powerful health effects. Cherries are naturally high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, which may reduce chronic disease risk and promote overall health. What’s more, cherries can be used in diverse recipes from sorbets to savory meat dishes.