- Cherries were part of soldiers’ rations, and as they traveled, the pits they discarded became the trees that proliferated throughout the empire. There was a saying that to find the old Roman roads, all one had to do was follow the wild cherry trees.
- From Lamberts to Lapins to Rainers and Royal Anns, there are more than 500 varieties of sweet cherries, and almost as many tart ones. But only a small percentage—around 20 or so altogether—are used in commercial production.
- The claimed story that George Washington chopped down a cherry tree is actually false.The writer of the story Mason Locke Weems actually made up as part of a 5th edition of “The Life of Washington. In the story Washington “barked the tree” not cut it down.
- BING CHERRIES ARE NOT NAMED FOR BING CROSBY.They’re named for an orchard foreman named Ah Bing, who together with cherry farmer Seth Lewelling developed the dark red varietal in the late 19th century near Milwaukee, Oregon
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Tips and Tricks
According to Splendid Table here are some other great things to do with Cherries.
• Serve them iced for dessert.
• Cook them with lemon juice and sugar.
• Pair fresh cherries with goat cheese and thyme.
• Make impromptu cherry ice cream.
• Turn that into a cherry milkshake.
•. The Best way to store cherries is storing them unwashed between layers of paper towels. Or keep them dry and cold at a minimum.
Taste of Home gives us these best storage practices.
•. Stored correctly they will last for around a week in the fridge. Consider freezing them in airtight plastic bags for longer storage. If stored in a tightly closed jar the cherries should be used from the fridge within 1 year.