Cherry and rosemary are two of the healthiest foods going around, with a wide range of benefits. In this blog, we will be discussing these health benefits in greater detail, as well as talking about a couple of dishes that you can prepare using these two super-foods.
What is Rosemary?
Rosemary is a fragrant Mediterranean herb with a long history.
It has a toasty, bitter flavor and adds flavor and scent to a variety of meals. Rosemary can also be used in tea, as an essential oil, or as a liquid extract.
Rosemary is well-known not just for its flavor and aroma, but also for the numerous health advantages it provides. Rosemary has been used for therapeutic purposes for millennia and is a good source of iron, calcium, and vitamins A, C, and B-6.
The following are just a few of the many potential health benefits of rosemary:
- Rosemary is high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory chemicals, which are known to promote blood circulation and stimulate the immune system.
- Rosemary is a cognitive stimulant that can assist boost memory quality and performance. It is also known to improve alertness, intelligence, and concentration.
- In those with chronic anxiety or stress hormone imbalances, the aroma of rosemary has been associated with enhancing mood, clearing the mind, and alleviating stress.
- Rosemary oil has been used for centuries to encourage hair growth, prevent baldness, slow greying, and cure dandruff and dry scalp.
- Rosemary is commonly used to treat digestive issues such as heartburn, intestinal gas, liver and gallbladder problems, and appetite loss.
- Rosemary is particularly effective in the fight against bacterial illnesses. It has been connected to staph infection prevention.
The nutrients in rosemary protect skin cells from damage caused by free radicals and the sun.
Health advantages associated with cherries:
- Several studies have suggested that eating cherries can help people with osteoarthritis. Incorporating cherries or cherry juice into your meal or snack routine on a regular basis may assist in alleviating joint pain.
- Drinking sour cherry juice has been found in studies to help lower total cholesterol, as well as the “bad” variety, known as LDL. This is important since every 1% reduction in cholesterol reduces the risk of heart disease by 2%. A high LDL is especially concerning when it comes to the risk of a heart attack.
- In other words, cherries may help to reduce the severity of post-HIIT workout pain. They also help with muscle rehabilitation and protect against cellular wear and tear caused by exercise. Tart cherry juice is hence popular among professional and competitive athletes. It can, however, benefit anyone who is physically active on a daily basis.
Dishes that You Can Prepare Using Cherries and Rosemary:
Compote de Rosemary et de Cherries:
- A pound of cherries, fresh (keep whole, pitted, and stem removed).
- 1 teaspoon rosemary (minced and fresh)
- 1/3 cup of sugar
- 12 tsp balsamic vinaigrette
- 3 tsp salt
- A pinch of black pepper, ground
- In a medium saucepan, place the cherries.
- Mix in the sugar and rosemary. Boil them, stirring constantly, using high heat.
- Bring the heat down to medium-low once the water has boiled.
- Cook for around 12 minutes with the cover on, stirring once or twice.
- Remove the top and continue to cook for yet another 5 minutes, (alternatively, you can cook until you find the cherries softened on the outside).
- Transfer the cherries to a heatproof, medium bowl with a slotted spoon. Continue to reduce the liquid, stirring frequently, until it is thick enough to cover a spoon’s back, around 15 minutes.
- Place the cherries in a basin with the juice.
- Combine the vinegar, salt, and black pepper in a mixing bowl.
- Taste the cuisine and make any required adjustments.
- Allow 30 minutes for cooling at room temperature.
- Place in an airtight jar in the refrigerator until ready for use.
Torte de Cherry-Rosemary:
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 stick unsalted butter, softened 1/2 cup
- 1 cup sifted unbleached flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- A sprinkle of salt
- 2 eggs
- 2 tbsp rosemary, freshly chopped
- 1 cup pitted and halved sweet cherries
- Lemon juice (1/2 lemon)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer, cream the sugar and butter together.
- Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a mixing bowl.
- Add the eggs one at a time, mixing thoroughly after each addition.
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- Fill an oiled spring form pan halfway with batter (an 8″ or 9″ is best)
- Place as many cherry halves as will easily fit on top of the batter, skin side up, depending on the size of pan you select. It is fine to crush a little, but don’t overcrowd.
- Lemon juice and the rest of the chopped rosemary are sprinkled on top.
- Preheat oven to 350°F and bake for 40-50 minutes,(alternatively, you can cook until the cake tester present in the center emerges clean).
- Allow to cool on a rack.
We hope that this blog helped you become aware of the many ways in which cherries and rosemary can benefit your health, and how you can combine the two foods to enjoy a duo of health and taste.