Cherry Madness !!!
The most romantic fruit on the planet is back for another seasonal appearance !!!How radical is all of that...
We may only think about these bold and meaty fruits in the summer season when our trees are laden with fruit, but if you love a cheeky cherry but can't wait until summer don't despair as they are here in force and are amazing.
The time has come to find out all that’s amazing around these most staggerings of fruits, let's welcome the trusty Cherry.
Looking through history, it looks like we have been enjoying these luscious fruits since the Stone Age. Archaeologists discovered fossilised cherry stones in ancient caves all across Europe & beyond (Wowza)
These sweet fruits became extremely popular with Roman soldiers as they used to eat them on route to war as a ration. The Romans spat the pips as they marched throughout the empire, the old saying that to find a Roman road all you had to do was hunt down and follow the wild cherry trees could be true!!!
Lamberts, Lapin, Lexter to Royal Arms, Ravenous Delight & Rainer are all varieties of cherry, in fact, there are more than 600 + varieties of sweet cherries plus the same again not so sweet and somewhat tart. Only around 20 varieties are commercially farmed though.
Heard the word BING cherry before ??? They’re named out of respect for an orchard foreman named Ah Bing, who together with his good friend Seth Lewelling who turned out to know a thing or two about cherries developed the dark red varietal in the late 19th century.
Bing left the country to return to China on holiday and wasn’t allowed back to the U.S.A so good friend Lewelling named the cherries in Bing’s honour.
Cherries belong to the rose family.
The chemical reaction between cherries and alkalies such as baking powder causes a blue discolouration in a baked product. This can be stopped by using sour cream instead of milk in the recipe or by adding an acidic liquid to your mix !!!
One commercially farmed cherry tree can produce more than a staggering 7000 fruits in one season – Wow