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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

CHERRY (Sweet Cherry)



  • Common Name: Cherry
  • Vernacular Name: Sweet cherry, Wild cherry
  • Scientific Name: Prunus Avium
  • Specimens From: USA
Cherry, the lovable, heart-shaped fruit. Due to the attractive bright red and its unique shape, it is a popular fruit often used as decorations on cakes, cocktail drinks, desserts, to name a few. Although there are various species of cherries, most people would associate it with the sweet cherry as it is commonly found in the fresh market. The other, the sour cherry (P. cerasus), is mostly used for cooking. The rest of the cherry species are hardly available as most are not on cultivated scale.

Wild cherry is native from, across Europe to Western Asia. The cultivated sweet cherry is derived from the wild cherry. Turkey is the leading producer of cherries, with the USA trailing behind. Due to the high cost in production, it is an expensive fruit to eat.

When mature, it is bright red to dark red or purple with a single hard stone. Tastes sweet with a tinge of tartness. While we eat wild cherry, shall we play that funky music wild again :)

18 comments:

Joanne said...

Ohhh how I love cherries, it's one of those fruits I pig out on in the summer, haha! =)

kml said...

Interesting to know that Turkey leads the production of them.

Sirisha Kilambi said...

Hi Fruity....So its the turn of Cherry now...great....I love cherries.....many uses...especially in decoration :-)

JANET said...

What a creative species of a blog! Now I know where to look for fruits!

Kelly Mahoney said...

Thanks for stopping by! You have a great blog and I look forward to learning from it.

morinn said...

i love cherries but I've never eaten a fresh one! it is not available in mauritius :(

Kim said...

I lived in cherry orchard country for 5 years and we used to go cherry picking haha....my Mum bottled a lot of them so we ate them with ice-cream for years....
they're expensive here too Fruity !!!

Tammy said...

My husband loves cherry pie. I like just eating them raw.

Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

We have two sweet cherry trees in our orchard. Jumping up and down!!!

That is me in the lighthouse photo on my blog. :D

Hugs, JJ

Karin said...

I remember my grandmother. She used to make cherry wine. Well, I was only 13 years old when she died and I wasn´t allowed to taste that wine.

NeoAuteur said...

My sister loves cherries.

Mansi Desai said...

wow fruity, Rose species!!! you bring out such great info here!!:)

Fruit species said...

Hi joanne, kml, sirisha, tammy, neoauteur, mansi
We all love cherries... :)

janet & kelly, welcome aboard and hope you will find it useful over here.

morinn, I'm surprised your country don't sell any..

kim & jj, you are so lucky to have so many. I hardly have any as it is so ex! I knew it's you in that pic, jj :)

karin, I never try a cherry wine before either. Must be sweet

Karin said...

Yes, cherry wine is very sweet. I used to like sweet wines. Now I don´t.

RennyBA said...

Ohh great: something I can relate on even from Norway on your blog. I love cherry and love to pick them in the summertime.
We even lay them in a bar with liquor as an appetizer for Christmas ;-)

Fruit species said...

I still do, Karin

Renny: It's nice that you got to pick the best cherries. It's a cherry Christmas, two more months to go..

suman said...

This lovely colored ,beautiful shaped cherry used in cakes is really admired by me .

suman
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Margo said...

I really like cherries. All fruit is incredible in its own way. Not only do they taste great, they're full of antioxidants too.