National Cherry Day

Next Tuesday, 16 July 2024

July 16 marks the date when all the food enthusiasts and proclaimed foodies over every corner comes together to celebrate the taste of summer as it's National Cherry Day.

This sweet occasion comes around to pay homage to one of the most versatile and delicious of the fruits- Cherry.

With their vivid red color and a delightful blend of sweet and tart flavors, cherries hold a cherished spot in both culinary customs and health-conscious diets.

A man carrying a box of cherries

Why Celebrate National Cherry Day?

It's more than just enjoying a delicious bowl of fresh cherries (though that's a delightful way to mark the occasion).

It's time to recognize and appreciate the rich cultural and culinary history of cherries. For centuries, people have savored cherries not only for their joyful taste but also for their nutritional benefits.

Nutritional Benefits of Cherries

Nutrient-Rich: Cherries are a good source of vitamins A and C, potassium, fiber, and antioxidants. They are low in calories and can be a healthy addition to any diet.

Antioxidants: Cherries are rich in anthocyanins, which are powerful antioxidants that help fight free radicals in the body. These antioxidants are also responsible for the deep red color of many cherry varieties.

Anti-Inflammatory Properties: Cherries, especially tart cherries, contain compounds that have anti-inflammatory effects. They are often recommended for reducing symptoms of arthritis and gout.

Well also, The United States, particularly Michigan, Washington, and California, are major producers of cherries. The cherry industry is vital for these states' economies, contributing significantly to agricultural revenue. Gotta Eat’em all!

How To Celebrate National Cherry Day

Grab some bowls and a spatula, as its going to be a “Berry” big explosion of cherries on the kitchen. If you are a chef and want to sprinkle some magic, here are some things you can try to celebrate National Cherry Day.

Cherry Recipes

Cherry Pie

Close up shot of Cherry Pie

A classic dessert made with a flaky crust and a filling of fresh or canned cherries, often flavored with almond extract.

Cherry Clafoutis

Cherry Clafoutis
Cherry Clafoutis Image By: Stijn Nieuwendijk, CC 2.0, unedited

A French dessert consisting of cherries baked in a custard-like batter, dusted with powdered sugar.

Black Forest Cake

Black Forest Cake

A German chocolate cake layered with whipped cream and cherries, and topped with chocolate shavings and whole cherries.

Cherry Cheesecake

cherry Cheescake

A creamy cheesecake topped with a cherry compote or fresh cherries.

Cherry Jam

Cherry Jam

A sweet spread made by cooking cherries with sugar and pectin, perfect for toast or pastries.

Cherry Ice Cream

Cherry Ice Cream

Ice cream flavored with cherry puree and often mixed with chunks of cherries.

Interesting Facts About Cherries

Natural Sleep Aid: Tart cherries are one of the few natural sources of melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate sleep. Drinking tart cherry juice can improve sleep quality and duration.

Cultural Symbolism: In Japanese culture, cherry blossoms (sakura) symbolize the transient nature of life due to their brief blooming period. Cherry blossom festivals (hanami) are celebrated across Japan in spring.

George Washington Myth: A popular myth about George Washington involves him chopping down a cherry tree and confessing with the famous line, "I cannot tell a lie." This story, although widely known, was fabricated by his biographer, Parson Weems.

World Record: The world record for the largest cherry pie ever baked was set in 1987 in Oliver, British Columbia, Canada. The pie weighed over 37,740 pounds (17,142 kg).

National Cherry Day
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