These cherries are very small Mickey! It’s a lot more fun playing with the real cherries 🍒
Did you know Chile set the record for the the longest line of fruit, using cherries? It would have been fun to eat all those cherries!
Chile is the largest exporter of cherries in the world. They also hold the record for the world’s heaviest cherry! It was grown at Chile Chico, known as the city of sun, and located near General Carrera Lake.
Turkey is the largest producer of cherries in the world. It’s appropriate given the country’s fertile climate and the fact that cherries originated from Asia Minor, which includes modern-day Turkey. But it only makes fresh cherries, not the designer cherries the girls like! 😀
Archaeologists have discovered fossilized cherry pits in prehistoric caves throughout Europe and Asia. Cherries were known to be cultivated in Mesopotamia by the Assyrian King Sargon II in the 8th century BCE. He was probably not the first to cultivate them, but he increased their popularity because he apparently liked their fragrance.
In the 5th century BCE, Herodotus described a race of Scythians called Argippaeans from the northern shores of the Black Sea. They lived almost exclusively on a type of cherry called Ponticum. Each family lived at the base of a tree, which was covered with lengths of white felt in winter, presumably to protect the inhabitants as well as the blossom. The cherries were strained to make a thick juice called aschy. “They lap this up with their tongues, and also mix it with milk for a drink”, with the leftover sediment being made into cakes and eaten later instead of meat.
According to Pliny, it is the Roman general and epicure Lucullus who deserves the credit for bringing cultivated cherries to Italy in 74 BCE. He had gone to fight Mithridates VI and returned victorious bringing vast wealth and cherries. Legend has it he took his life on the day he realized he had only a few thousand cherries left.
The earliest written mention of cherries comes from the Greek author Theophrastus, who inventoried the fruit in his History of Plants in 300 BCE. He indicated that cherries had been cultivated for hundreds of years in Greece. The origin of the English word “cherry” is believed to derive from the Ancient Greek place name Κερασοῦς (Kerasoûs), which was the original name and namesake of the modern Turkish city of Giresun.
Cherries were part of Roman soldiers’ rations, and as they traveled, the pits they discarded became the trees that proliferated throughout the empire. There was a saying that to find the old Roman roads, all one had to do was follow the wild cherry trees.
Cherries became especially popular in France, where King Charles V planted 1125 cherries trees in his gardens at St. Paul and Tournelle (near present day Place des Vosges), the year he ascended to the throne, 1364. No wonder he was called Charles the Wise 🙂 In the time of Louis XIV, when Madame de Sevigne wanted to express a very particular delight in the fables of La Fontaine, she compared them to a basket of cherries. “You pick out the best – and the basket is empty!”
They are still popular in France 🙂
Cherries are members of the rose family. Rosaceae, the rose family, is a medium-sized family of flowering plants, which includes herbs, shrubs and trees. Prunus is a genus of Rosaceae, which includes the fruits plums, cherries, peaches, nectarines, apricots, and almonds.
Cherries are also members of the designer family 🙂 It all started with the Louis Vuitton 2005 spring/summer collection.
Designer cherries are especially popular in France – Christian Louboutin, Saint Laurent and Gucci included cherries in their collections.
Other designers adopted cherries as well, Coach designed a particularly pretty range 🙂 One of our favourites!
For little bears, Christmas didn’t end with the dessert feast on Christmas day, but with a feast and a special celebration today. Also called Epiphany, Little Christmas or, more commonly Three Kings Day, January 6 is a time for feasting. And little bears like feasting 🙂
In France, the Epiphany has come to be associated with a very special dessert – galette des rois, known in English as Epiphany cake or the cake of kings. It’s basically everything you want in a Christmas dessert: a flaky puff pastry cake filled with frangipane and – if made correctly – a special charm, or la fève, hidden deep inside a slice. Whoever ends up with la fève is king or queen for a day (each cake comes with a paper crown), provided they haven’t broken a tooth, that is.
In Perth, Chez Jean Claude makes a yummy gallette with almond cream filling and a fève on the side 🙂 It goes very well with a cocktail, or two…