Herbs of the Holyland by Nissim Krispil

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Cherry tree
Common name:

Cherry tree

Synonym name:

sweet cherry

Hebrew name:


Scientific name:

Prunus (Cerasus) avium



Arabic name:

כרז / מחלב

5-15 m
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Grows in cultivate plantations mainly in northern and central of Israel. There are different species of cherry fruits and the most common ones are: sour cherry and sweet cherry.
Cherry is a Fruit tree that originally grows in eastern Asia (China, Japan). Its leaves are egg-shaped or Spear-shaped and dentate. The flowers grow in a panicle and their color pink. 
The fruits grow in groups and they have variety of colors: yellow, pink, red, and black.
Cherry bark is one of the ingredients in a folk herbal cough syrups, for centuries. This Syrup is also prevents diarrhea, soothes and stimulates digestion. Cherry juice is considered one of the most delicious and healthy juices there are. It is rich in vitamins A and C and neutralizes over-acidity in the blood, for this reason it is very helpful in cases of rheumatism, arthritis and Urinary system inflammations.
For the treatment of urinary diseases, squeeze 500 g of fresh cherries. You should get about 2 cups of cherry juice. Drink a glass a day.
In Japan the cherry became an international folk plant, and the blooms of cherry orchards are the symbols of the country's landscape and the cultural farming of the nation. 
In the Jewish sources sweet cherry appear by the name 'Gudgedaniyot'.   Slavic and German beliefs attribute the cherry tree characters of "dwelling demons" that can be harmful to all those who approaches to the tree. In Albania it was common to burn cherry branches on regular nights, in December and January, to get rid of the demons that inhabit the wood and disturb it to grow.