Category Archives: Cherry Celebrations

Cherry Play Day ๐Ÿ’

These cherries are very small Mickey! It’s a lot more fun playing with the real cherries ๐Ÿ’

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!

A total of 24,638 cherries were placed next to each other in a continuous line forming the figure of two large 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.

The heaviest cherry, 30 mm and 23.92 g, was grown by Frutรญcola Patagonia in Chile Chico.

Turkey is the largest producer of cherries in the world. Itโ€™s appropriate given the countryโ€™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! ๐Ÿ˜€

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 ฮšฮตฯฮฑฯƒฮฟแฟฆฯ‚ (Kerasoรปs), which was the original name and namesake of the modern Turkish city of Giresun.

Cherries were part of Roman soldiersโ€™ 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.

Charles V (1338 โ€“ 1380) called the Wise.
This painting belongs to the Portraits of Kings of France, a series of portraits commissioned between 1837 and 1838 by Louis Philippe I and painted by various artists for the Musรฉe historique de Versailles.

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Cedric Grolet’s cherry creations

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ It all started with the Louis Vuitton 2005 spring/summer collection.

Paris, April 2005, Champs-ร‰lysรฉes
Louis Vuitton cherry range

Designer cherries are especially popular in France – Christian Louboutin, Saint Laurent and Gucci included cherries in their collections.

Christian Louboutin cherry handbag
YSL Spring/Summer 2015 Collection – we didn’t find these cherries attractive enough!

Other designers adopted cherries as well, Coach designed a particularly pretty range ๐Ÿ™‚ One of our favourites!

Everybody is happy playing ๐Ÿ™‚

The Beary Art of the Afternoon Tea ๐Ÿ’

If you love pastry, you must know of Le Meurice pastry chef, Cรฉdric Grolet, famous for his fascinating cakes and his fruit sculptures! His cakes were only served in Le Meurice restaurants, but in March 2018, Le Meurice opened a pastry boutique in the hotel, with Cรฉdric Grolet’s beautiful pastries that precisely resemble fresh fruits and nuts. So now you can get take away Cรฉdric Grolet!

Little bears didn’t take it away far, only to the comfy chairs at Le Meurice ๐Ÿ™‚

Cherry delights first!

And more beautiful pastries that precisely resemble fresh fruits – flat peach, strawberry and apricot.

This is the beary good life ๐Ÿ™‚

The pastry shop opens at midday, and closes when the pastries are sold out. That is anytime between two and four hours later. The menu changes on a regular basis. The fruit pastries enjoyed by little bears were the summer fruits released on 21 June.

The offerings on 12 June:

You can also place special orders for cake, if you have โ‚ฌ170 or so to spare… Next time!