National Cherry Month – February 2020


Visually, cherries are a dazzling sight. The fruit hangs as a vibrant, edible ruby, tethered to the tree by an elegant, verdant stem. Varied as they are delicious, the round treat presents itself as a sharp delight as black cherry, a sweet nothing as a Royal Ann cherry, a sour predicament as a Montmorency cherry, and a pleasant summer afternoon as a sweet cherry. Brought from Europe with the first American settlers, the fruit is primarily grown in Michigan but enjoyed internationally. Venture forward into National Cherry Month, and revel in such a perfect fruit.

National Cherry Month timeline


America halts cherry imports

The Maraschino cherry is so popular that America stops importing foreign cherries.


Maraschino cherries invented

Originally imported from Yugoslavia, Americans produce their first Maraschino cherries using liqueur.


Tart cherries find their home

Planted only miles from the first sweet cherries, tart cherries find their home in Michigan.


Johnny Cherry-Seed plants trees

The Johnny Appleseed of Cherries was Peter Dougherty, who begins planting Cherry trees in Michigan.

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Cherries come to America

Not a native, American fruit, cherries are brought with the first settlers in the early 17 Century.

National Cherry Month Activities

  1. Drink cherry juice before and after exercise

    Cherries, according to a study by the University of Vermont, contain massive amounts of anti-inflammatory properties and can be a tremendous aid in reducing soreness from working out. Drink cherry juice, workout longer, and feel better.

  2. Snack on cherries

    Everyone needs a sugar rush every once in a while, but it can be done without Skittles. Cherries pack a sweet punch, but a cup only has 87 calories and a puny amount of fat. Also, a serving contains three grams of fiber with no artificial ingredients.

  3. Reduce your risk of heart disease

    The pigment that makes cherries red is also a disease-fighting antioxidant, so eat up.

Why We Love National Cherry Month

  1. It’s human nature to love cherries

    Originating in Europe and Northern Africa, cherries have been consumed for thousands of years. King Henry VIII, famous primarily for his multiple wives and their varied untimely demises, is lesser known for first introducing the fruit to England, from where it came to America.

  2. They’re delicious and good for us

    Food that’s good for you never tastes good, right? Wrong. Cherries are filled with vitamin A, B, C, and E. Together, these vitamins help blood circulation, hair growth, stress management, and reduce cancer risk just to start. Take that, multivitamins.

  3. Cherries go with everything

    Strawberries had better start sweating because cherries can be baked, juiced, jammed, grilled, dried, and even put in cocktails. Cherry ice cream, cherry jelly, cherry Coca-Cola, cherry cobbler, cherry barbecue sauce, and so on. Hungry yet?

National Cherry Month dates
2020February 1Saturday
2021February 1Monday
2022February 1Tuesday
2023February 1Wednesday
2024February 1Thursday