NATIONAL CHERRY MONTH
Since the cherry trees come to life in February, it’s the perfect time for National Cherry Month! Throughout Washington D.C., the cherry blossoms burst to life just in time for the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
This annual event began in 1912. The people of Japan sent 3,000 cherry trees as a gift to the United States as a symbol of friendship between the two nations. A single cherry looks a bit like a little heart, and February is the month of love. Since Presidents Day is February and one particular president is paired with chopping down a cherry tree – folklore or not – February and cherries just go together.
In the United States, Washington, California, and Oregon produce the most cherries. This bright red fruit offers many benefits, too.
- Drinking tart cherry juice reduces the risk and lessens the symptoms of gout.
- A 1 cup serving of cherries contains 97 calories, 3 grams of fiber, and is packed with vitamin C, potassium, copper, and manganese.
- Eating cherries may help reduce inflammation in conditions like arthritis.
- They may also lower blood pressure and improve heart health thanks to the potassium they contain.
Besides all the health benefits, cherries just taste good. Eat them raw or add them to baked goods.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCherryMonth
Celebrate National Cherry Month by adding some cherries to your shopping list. You can mix them into your breakfast or snacks. They’re good for you and packed full of antioxidants, too! Try these ideas to add cherries to your diet:
- Blend cherries in a smoothie.
- Mix cherries into oatmeal.
- Add dried cherries to trail mix.
- Add cherries to baked goods.
- Eat them raw for the maximum benefit and flavor.
While you’re making your list, visit the National Day Calendar recipe page for cherry inspiration! Use #NationalCherryMonth to share on social media.
NATIONAL CHERRY MONTH HISTORY
Michigan Governor William G. Milliken first proclaimed February as National Cherry Month.