Cherries are summer fruit. They have a deep red color. Messinia cultivates the varieties ‘Karamela’, the crunchy ‘Petrokeraso’ and the sour cherry Prunus cerasus.
Cherries are an important source of carbohydrates, fiber, manganese, potassium and vitamin C. Their deep red color is attributed to their concentration in certain antioxidant substances, especially lycopene, which is associated with a lower risk of prostate cancer and cardiovascular disease. Furthermore, cherries are also rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, substances with possible beneficial effects on eye health. They also contain anthocyanidins, which strengthen the antioxidant defense of the body and which potentially contribute to the health of the urine and cardiovascular system.