Are All Cherries Red?

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Cherries come in different colors, not just red. While red cherries are the most common, there are also cherries that are yellow, black, or even a combination of colors. The color of cherries is determined by the variety of the fruit. Each variety has its own unique characteristics, including color. Red cherries are often sweet and tart, while yellow cherries tend to be sweeter. Black cherries have a rich, intense flavor. So, if you’re looking for cherries, don’t limit yourself to just red ones. Explore the different colors and flavors to find your favorite!

Did you know that February is National Cherry Month? When you think of cherries, you might imagine the sweet red treat that rests on top of an ice cream sundae or a hot slice of cherry pie.

However, it might surprise you to learn that not all cherries are sweet… and not all cherries are red, either!

The cherry is the fruit of various plants in the genus Prunus. Cherries are juicy stone fruits, which means they have a single seed (sometimes called a “stone”). The seed of a cherry is known as the “pit”.

While there are indeed types of cherries that turn into a bright, vibrant red, there are also other varieties that appear much darker, almost purple. These dark cherries are often referred to as “black cherries.”

Rainier cherries, also known as “white cherries,” have white flesh with a skin that becomes yellowish-pink when ripe.

The bright red maraschino cherries used as toppings for ice cream sundaes do not naturally turn that red. Manufacturers of canned maraschino cherries use artificial dyes to ensure that their canned cherries have a bright red color.

The New York Times reported that some bees in Brooklyn that tasted the cherry juice produced at a nearby maraschino cherry factory began to turn red and produce honey of a scarlet color. When beekeepers investigated, they discovered that the bees — and their honey — were filled with Red Dye No. 40, the dye used by the factory to artificially color their maraschino cherries.

Summer is the season for fresh cherries, but you can find canned, frozen, and dried cherries throughout the year. While many people associate cherries with sweetness, tart cherries are often used in various recipes, including the classic cherry pie. Tart cherries are usually sold as cherry pie filling or canned.

The United States produces over 650 million pounds of cherries annually. Oregon and Washington together account for around 60 percent of the nation’s sweet cherry production.

Michigan is responsible for 75 percent of the nation’s tart cherry crop. In fact, Traverse City, Michigan, is known as the Cherry Capital of the World.

Whether they are fresh or frozen, canned or dried, cherries offer numerous health benefits! Scientists consider cherries to be a nutritious “super fruit” because they contain beneficial antioxidants, which can reduce a person’s risk for diseases such as cancer and heart disease. The antioxidants in cherries also support the immune system and can slow down the aging process.

But what about George Washington? You may have heard the story that he chopped down a cherry tree when he was a young boy.

Why would he do such a thing? Well, the truth is, we don’t really know for certain whether he cut down a cherry tree.

An early biography of Washington included the cherry tree tale, but some suspect that the author may have fabricated the story to showcase Washington’s honesty. Isn’t that ironic?

Try It Out

Today’s Wonder of the Day is the perfect opportunity to head into the kitchen and help prepare some cherry-licious treats!

If you can find fresh cherries in season, remove the pits from about two cups of cherries to make a delicious fresh cherry cobbler.

If you prefer to use cherry pie filling, try making these easy-to-make miniature chocolate-cherry cheesecakes!

If you enjoy canning, you can even make your own homemade maraschino cherries.

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