Cherries Week Cherries are harbingers of summer. Due to possessing a high level of antioxidants, cherries are on a list of 25 foods that slow aging and are ranked third among fruits that lower blood cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. The anthocyanin that gives cherries their bright red colour has anti-inflammatory properties. Fresh cherries help reduce physical and mental exhaustion, while sour cherries help uplift your mood.Cherries are part of the rose family and originate from Asia Minor. Depending on the sort, cherries can ripen either in May or June. In these parts, the best known sort is the biggest and the most succulent one, the so-called brtošinka, named after the seaman Brtošin, who supposedly brought it here from South America. It is the most succulent in mid-June, during the celebration of St. Vitus, the patron saint of Rijeka.