National Cherry Month 2018 — February

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 - History

1920
America halts cherry imports

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

1896
Maraschino cherries invented

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

1893
Tart cherries find their home

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

1852
Johnny Cherry-Seed plants trees

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

The 1610's
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

A. 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.

B. 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.

C. 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?

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