Facts About Cherries

Things you probably didn't know about cherries

Facts about Cherries, Manjimup, Western AustraliaIf you were living in the 18th century in the Montmorency region of France you could have rented a cherry tree for the day and pick as much fruit from it as you pleased.

The bark and leaves of the cherry tree contain poisons that are potentially lethal if eaten by children or animals .

The handle of Samurai swords were often decorated with the image of a cherry, which symbolised war and destiny.

Facts about Cherries, Manjimup, Western AustraliaIn Japan it is often the custom for a bride and groom to sip a drink made from cherry blossoms, as a symbol of happiness.

In Japan the flowering cherry tree is known as Sakura.

Cherry stalk tea was once used as a treatment for kidney diseases.

According to legend birds from Asia were responsible for cherries being found in Greece and Italy. As they flew west the bird's droppings, containing cherry pits, would propagate the land.

It is thought that cherries were first planted in Spain in the 14th century in the valley of Jerte. Debate still rages whether they were introduced by the Moors or the Romans.

Cherries contain vitamins C and E and over sixteen antioxidant's.

Sour cherries contain less sugar than sweet cherries. Sour cherries contain about 60 calories compared to 80 calories per 100g for sweet cherries.

The two most common cherries are the sweet cherry and the sour cherry (often referred to as pie or tart cherry).

Spanish missionaries brought sweet cherries to California.

Over one million metric tons of cherries are produced worldwide each year.

The sweet cherry originated in an area between the Black and Caspian Seas.

Getting cherries off the tree is quite easy now, with most farms using a tree shaker which simply shakes the fruit off the tree.

In America many cherry growers hire bee hives so the bees can distribute the pollen.

It seems Australia is the only place in the world where you can buy a Cadbury's Cherry Ripe chocolate bar. It is also said to be Australia's oldest chocolate bar brand, being first introduced in 1924 by Mac Robertson's.

In 1910 the City of Tokyo donated 2,000 cherry trees to Washington DC, as a symbol of friendship. Unfortunately when they arrived it was discovered the trees were infested with insect and various diseases. As a result all the trees had to be destroyed. New cherry trees were later sent and planted along the Potomac River (two original trees are still standing). In 1940 the first Washington Cherry Blossom pageant was held. the following year four of the cherry trees were cut down in what was thought to be retaliation for Japan's bombing of Pearl Harbour.

In 1999, 50 cherry trees propagated from a 1400 year old "Usuzami" tree were planted in Washington DC. The tree was believe to be planted by Emperor Keitai (26th Emperor) in the village of Itasho Neo over 1500 years ago. The tree was declared a national treasure of Japan in 1922.

Many Japanese netsuke (toggle attached to the Japanese Kimono) carvers used cherry wood to make their creations.


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