35 Interesting Cherry Facts

Cherries may be either deliciously sweet or quite tart but there is no doubt about it that cherries are a popular food all around the world.

Kirsch was the name given to cherries that were first cultivated in Mesopotamia in 8 BC.

Cherries were introduced into England at Teynham, near Sittingbourne in Kent, by order of Henry VIII.

A chemical reaction between cherries and alkalies such as baking powder causes a blue discoloration in a baked product.

Acerola or West Indian cherry has exceptionally very high levels of vitamin-C.

Cherry is a flowering plant that belongs to the family of roses.

Cherries arrived in North America early in the settlement of Brooklyn, New York.

Scientific experiments showed that cherries have the potential to reduce inflammation and sensation of pain in rats.

A cherry tree can survive and produce fruit around 100 years.

Glace cherries are processed for an extra two weeks because this gives them a candy-like property.

January 3rd is National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day.

At one point in time, serving ice cream on cherry pie in Kansas was prohibited.

The West Indian cherry, known as Malpighia emarginata, is native to West Indian islands and grown in Mexico, and Texas regions in North America.

Cherries are often used in the cosmetic and perfume industry because of their beautiful fragrance.

Research studies also suggest that antioxidant compounds in tart cherries can help the human body fight against cancers.

The name “cherry” also refers to the cherry tree and is sometimes applied to almonds.

Washington grows an estimated 62% of U.S. sweet cherries.

The anti-inflammatory property of cherries has been found effective in reducing heart-disease risk.

Sweet and sour cherry are the best-known varieties of cherry.

Some varieties of cherry trees are cultivated in ornamental purposes.

Harold Robertson set the record for picking the most cherries by hand in one day in 1958.

Every year, the Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm hosts the International Cherry Pit Spit contest in Eau Claire, Michigan.

There are about 100 whole cherries in an 8-ounce glass of cherry juice.

A typical cherry tree produces 7,000 cherries.

Cherries are also a minor source of minerals like zinc, iron, potassium, and manganese.

A cherry tree can grow 33 feet in height. Cultivated types are usually smaller.

The Tree of Cherry has silver-grey bark which is very smooth and becomes rough with fissures in old trees.

The cherry tree develops beautiful white flowers during the spring.

When it comes to furniture, the wood of cherry tree has fine structure to manufacture furniture.

Michigan has about 3.8 million tart cherry trees and about 0.5 million sweet cherry trees.

Canada holds the record for baking the biggest cherry pie in the world.

Traverse City, Michigan celebrates the annual National Cherry Festival since 1925.

In 300 BCE, fossilized cherry pits have been found by archaeologists in prehistoric caves throughout Europe and Asia.

From the 1990s, Turkey produces 535,000 tons of cherries annually.

The world record for cherry-pit spitting is 93 feet.