Crop of the Week: Cherries

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1. The word ‘cherry’ comes from the Turkish town of Cerasus.

2. Cherries belong to the rose family.

3. The English colonists brought cherries to North America in the 1600’s.

4. Canada holds the record for baking the biggest cherry pie in the world. A pie weighing 39,683 pounds was baked in Oliver, British Columbia.

5. Cherries are a small source of zinc; and moderate sources of iron, potassium, and manganese; and good source of copper. Potassium is a heart-healthy mineral; an important component of cell and body fluids that regulate heart rate and blood pressure.

6. Cherries were introduced into Britain by the Romans in the first century AD.

7. Once upon a time, serving ice cream on cherry pie in Kansas was prohibited.

8. Cherries are best paired with herbs like sage, chives, and verbena; dairy products like sweet cream and ricotta cheese; and with meats like pork and beef especially when black pepper is added.

9. While they have long been a popular dessert fruit, cherries were used for their medicinal purposes in the 15th and 16th centuries.

10. Anti-inflammatory property of cherries has been found effective in reducing heart-disease risk factors through scavenging action against free radicals.

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