When: February 20th
Where: United States
Let's see...where do we start to celebrate this day? We could start by cranking up the volume on the old 80's hit song by Warrant..."Cherry Pie." From there try dusting off your grandmothers cookbook and trying to bake a delicious Cherry Pie. If cooking is not your forte...maybe the easiest way to celebrate is to go to your local bakery or cafe and order a slice of Cherry Pie and it were me...à la mode all the way!
There are about 80 cherries contained in a 1 pound bag.
The wonderful fruit called the wild cherry or sweet cherry as it is also commonly referred to, originated near the Black and Caspian Seas about 70 B.C. with the ancient Romans introducing them to Britain in the first century A.D. In later years the English explorers brought cherries to North America around the 1600's. A cherry tree takes about 3-4 years after it's planted, to produce its first crop of fruit, and seven years to reach it's full maturity. Today Russia leads the cultivation and production of the worlds sour cherries while Turkey leads all nations in sweet cherry production. In the United States cherries are also a very popular fruit and used to bake the delicious cherry pie used for deserts and are served along side other popular pies during festive celebrations such as Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. Today, the United States produces over 650 million pounds of both sweet and sour cherries.