Sour cherries or tart cherries are abundant in anthocyanins which is a natural compound that contributes to the ruby-red color and the distinctive sour-sweet taste. This phytonutrient, which is a type of flavonoid, contributes to the potential health promoting properties of sour cherries which includes easing muscle pain, soothing arthritis, gout or osteoarthritis symptoms, insomnia as well as many other health benefits.
In foods, sour cherries are eaten either as flavoring or food. In manufacturing, sour cherries are used in the making of cherry syrup for drugs with an unpleasant taste. Sour cherries also contains melatonin which can help in regulating sleep patterns.