- Broadway in New York shifts west at East 10th Street because a cherry tree once stood there.
- There are more than 1,000 varieties of cherries in the United States, but fewer than 10 are produced commercially.
- At one time it was against the law to serve ice cream on cherry pie in Kansas.
- The earliest known mention of cherries is in Theophrastus (372-272 B.C) “History of Plants” in which he indicated that cherries had been cultivated for hundreds of years in Greece.
- The Philosopher Pliny suggested that the Roman general Lucullus introduced cherries to Europe around 74 BC, but some research suggests that cherries were known in Italy at a much earlier date.
- It is said that Lucullus committed suicide when he realized he was running out of cherries.
- Cherries are related to plums and more distantly to peaches and nectarines.
- Cherry pits have been found in several Stone Age caves in Europe.
Q: On average, how many cherries can be found in 1 pound of cherries? A: 65
Q: What is the number one export market for sweet cherries grown in Washington? A: Canada
Q: When is National Rainier Cherry Day? A: July 11th
Q: What is the sweet cherries most important contribution to improving human health? A: Sweet cherries are found to reduce inflammation. Human feeding trials point to the fact that cherries really do strengthen the immune system and help fight diseases like gout and arthritis.
Q: How did the Rainier variety, the yellow cherry with the red blush, get its name? A: Developed in 1952, the Rainier Cherry is named after Mt. Rainier, an icon of the state of Washington where the cherry was developed.