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Cherry Trees Blooming Early

Mar 09, 2016
cherries Cherry season is months away, but they're being talked about now because recent warm weather will cause the cherry trees to bloom earlier than normal this year.

Cherries belong to the stone fruit family along with apricots, peaches, nectarines, plums and loquats.

Cultivation for many centuries and the origin of our various varieties is often impossible to trace.

The word cherry comes from the Turkish town of Cerasus.

Cherry trees have beautiful small white or pink flowers that bloom in the spring. White flowers generally occur on commercial cherry trees while pink flowers bear no fruit and are used as ornamental trees in gardens.

Cherry trees will begin producing marketable crops after 6 to 8 years and continue producing edible fruit for up to 100 years. Cherries don’t ripen after harvest.

Cherries are antioxidant-rich and research shows they can reduce pain and inflammation.

Bakers tip: To really bring out the flavor of cherry, use ¼ teaspoon of pure almond extract.

Important Facts 

  • Store between 32°F and 90-95% humidity.
  • Avoid soft, dull or bruised fruit. Small hard cherries lack flavor and juice.
  • Refrigerate cherries unwashed and stems attached, in a paper bag, loosely-covered container, or a loosely closed plastic bag until you're ready to use them.
  • Select those with plump, glossy skins and green stems. Color depends on the variety. 

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