They’re not just for pie filling: Cherries contain melatonin, a compound that plays a part in healthy sleep. “Melatonin may help regulate sleep-wake cycles,” Moore says, “especially for people experiencing a disruption to the body’s internal clock, like night-shift workers.”
Best bet: Keep cherries fresh longer by storing them in the refrigerator and washing them just before eating.
Other sources of melatonin: Oats, sweet corn, rice
Try this: Make cherry relish to accompany a turkey sandwich. Saute fresh ginger, garlic and onion in a small amount of vegetable oil; add coarsely chopped cherries and continue to saute until the cherries begin to soften. Serve hot or cold.