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Illustration by Serene Lusano

Cherry pie seems über American, but the fruit is actually native to Asia. The official species name is prunus avium, meaning “plum fruit for the birds.” Sweet cherries especially abound in Sacramento, but they’re only available briefly. Eat them fresh with cheese and nuts or make them into jam to relish throughout the summer. Try the yellow Royal Ann as well as the luscious red Brooks variety. Feeling gouty or arthritic? Drink cherry juice to combat inflammation and help cleanse your innards.