It’s believed that the sweet cherry originated in the area between the Black and Caspian Seas in Asia Minor around 70 B.C. The Romans introduced them to Britain in the first century A.D.
Records indicate that cherries were a prized food in a region of China dating back to 600 BC – fit for royalty and cherished by locals.
Cherries belong to the rose family.
Once upon a time, serving ice cream on cherry pie in Kansas was prohibited.
To really bring out the flavor of cherry, use ¼ teaspoon of pure almond extract.
Cherries have a very short fruiting season. Areas of Northern America see cherries as the first to ripen amongst other fruits; therefore the term ‘in cherry condition’ which means something new.
The English colonists brought cherries to North America in the 1600’s.
There are more than 1,000 varieties of cherries in the United States, but fewer than 10 are produced commercially.
On average, there are about 44 cherries in one pound. In an average crop year, a sweet cherry tree will produce 800 cherries.
The word ‘cherry’ comes from the Turkish town of Cerasus.