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National Cherry Month

Indulge in the sweet and juicy goodness of cherries all month long during National Cherry Month! From cherry pies to cherry cocktails, there's a delicious way to celebrate.
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February 1
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Get ready to indulge in one of the most beloved fruits of all time because February 1 marks the start of National Cherry Month! Cherries have been enjoyed for centuries and are a symbol of love, beauty, and happiness. Did you know that there are over 1,000 varieties of cherries? From sweet to tart, these juicy red gems can be found in various forms such as fresh, frozen, dried, and even in delicious cherry-flavored treats. So let's celebrate this month by adding some cherry goodness into our lives – whether it's through baking a cherry pie or sipping on a refreshing cherry cocktail.

History of National Cherry Month

National Cherry Month Dates

National Cherry Month Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1700s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Cherry Introduction to America</div><div class='timeline-text'>English colonists brought the first cherry trees to America, resulting in the cultivation of cherries in the New World.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1852</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Commercial Cherry Orchard</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first commercial cherry orchard in America was planted on Ridgeway Farm in Michigan, marking the beginning of the cherry industry.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1925</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National Cherry Festival Birthed</div><div class='timeline-text'>National Cherry Festival was founded in Traverse City, Michigan as an event to celebrate the cherry harvest season.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1947</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Introduction of Bing Cherries</div><div class='timeline-text'>Bing cherries, known for their sweet taste and large size, were commercially introduced, quickly becoming a popular variety.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2002</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National Cherry Month Commences</div><div class='timeline-text'>February was designated as National Cherry Month in the United States, promoting the many uses and benefits of cherries.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2020</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Record Cherry Crop</div><div class='timeline-text'>The United States had a record-breaking cherry crop, producing 678 million pounds of sweet cherries.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Cherry Month

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Bake a cherry pie</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Celebrate National Cherry Month by making a classic cherry pie! You can use fresh or frozen cherries to create a delicious dessert that will have everyone's mouths watering.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Visit a cherry orchard</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take a trip to a local cherry orchard and pick your own cherries to celebrate the month dedicated to this delicious fruit. You can also learn about the different types of cherries and how they are grown.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a cherry-themed dinner party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Invite friends over for a cherry-themed dinner party! Serve dishes that incorporate cherries, such as glazed ham with cherry sauce or cherry balsamic chicken, and end the night with a decadent cherry dessert.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Create cherry-inspired crafts</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Get crafty and make some cherry-themed crafts to decorate your home for National Cherry Month. You can make cherry blossom art, cherry garlands, or even cherry-scented candles.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Try different cherry recipes</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Challenge yourself to try new and unique cherry recipes throughout the month. From cherry smoothies to cherry salsa, there are endless ways to incorporate cherries into your meals and snacks.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Cherry Month

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Cherries are a superfood</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Not only are cherries delicious, they're also packed with nutrients that can benefit your health. They contain powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, as well as being a good source of fiber and vitamin C.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Versatility in cooking and baking</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Cherries can be used in all kinds of recipes, both sweet and savory. From pies and crumbles to smoothies and salads, there's no limit to what you can create with these juicy fruits. Plus, they add a burst of flavor to any dish!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>They make the perfect snack</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Whether you're on-the-go or just need a quick pick-me-up, cherries are a convenient and healthy snack option. They're portable, low in calories, and don't require any prep - making them an ideal choice for busy lifestyles.</p></div></div>

5 Fun Facts About Cherries

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Cherries have been enjoyed by humans for thousands of years</h3><p class='facts-text'>Archaeologists have found remnants of cherries at prehistoric settlements dating back to 3000 B.C., showing that humans have been enjoying these fruits for a long time.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>There are over 1,000 varieties of cherries in the world</h3><p class='facts-text'>Each variety has its own unique taste and texture, from the sweet and plump Bing cherries to the tart and tangy Montmorency cherries.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Cherries are rich in antioxidants</h3><p class='facts-text'>Cherries are packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, which can help reduce inflammation and lower the risk of certain diseases.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Michigan is the cherry capital of the United States</h3><p class='facts-text'>Producing about 75% of the tart cherries grown in the U.S., the state of Michigan proudly holds the title of Cherry Capital.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Cherries play a significant role in Japanese culture</h3><p class='facts-text'>In Japan, the cherry blossom is a symbol of beauty, life, and renewal. The annual Cherry Blossom Festival or "Sakura" is a highly anticipated event where people gather to appreciate the beautiful cherry blossoms in full bloom.</p></div></div>

National Cherry Month FAQs

When is National Cherry Month?

National Cherry Month is celebrated on February 1 every year. In 2024 National Cherry Month will occur on a Thursday.

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