NATIONAL RAINIER CHERRY DAY
In 1952 at Washington State University, Harold Fogle created a new cherry by cross-breeding the Bing and Van cherry varieties. This new cherry was named after Mount Rainier. Now, each year on July 11th, National Rainier Cherry Day is observed.
Rainier cherries are sweet cherries that have a thin skin and a thick creamy-yellow flesh. Cherries are a temperamental crop that is sensitive to temperature, wind and rain. Each season almost one-third of their crop is eaten by birds.
Due to their superior taste, Rainiers are considered a premium cherry.
In honor of National Rainier Cherry Day and as part of the Tree-to-Table program the Northwest Cherry Growers hand-pick one restaurant in each state to feature at least one Rainier cherry dish on July 11 in their restaurants.
For more information, visit www.nwcherries.com/treetotable.
HOW TO OBSERVE
To celebrate, get some Rainier cherries to enjoy. Post on social media using #RainierCherryDay to encourage others to join in as well.
Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Rainier Cherry Day.
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