Dominican Cherry Juice (Jugo de cereza)

There are 11 types of different cherries in the world; in Dominican Republic we have the Prunus and p. avium cherry. It is very appetizing because of it’s flavor and its medicinal properties. These cherries are more acidic than the cherries we are accustomed to use in desserts, but they are still delicious and ideal to make juice and sweets. This year our cereza tree was a true blessing and we manage to harvest plenty of fruit.  After a great harvest there is nothing better than a cold glass of "jugo de cereza" in the terrace!


Cereza (cherries)
Sugar to taste


1. Rinse the cherries.

Note: (this step is optional) After rinsing the cherries, I like to add enough water to just cover the amount of the cherries, when it starts to boil (in about 4-7 minutes),  turn off the heat and let it cool completely before continuing with step # 2.

2. Place cherries in the blender, with the water.
3. Blend for 2-3 minutes and strain. 
4. Add sugar to taste. 
5. Serve cold with ice. 

Medicinal Data

Urinary Problems: Such as cystitis, pielonefriis and the kidney stones will receive much help with the fruit and the infusion of the peduncles.

Chronic Constipation: It has a laxative and invigorating effect of the digestive tract. 

In people with Diabetes: The carbohydrates or sugars of the cherry, fructose and levulose are so easily assimilable.  People with diabetes can eat this fruit without major problems.

"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." ~ John 16:33

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