While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.
Cherry up, Sleepy Jean! August 28 is National Cherry Turnover Day.
Before you rush off to make your own fruit-filled pastry, consider these five cherry facts:
- There are two dominant species of the cherry. The first is the Prunus avium, or sweet cherry. The second is the Prunus cerasus, or sour cherry.
- The sweet, or wild cherry, is found mainly in the northwestern US. This region produces Bing and Rainer cherries.
- Maraschino cherries are technically made from Marasca cherries that are found in eastern Europe and northern Italy. In the US, the Royal Ann cherry is used instead. The FDA defines a maraschino cherry as one that has been “been dyed red, impregnated with sugar and packed in a sugar syrup flavored with oil of bitter almonds or a similar flavor.”
- Cherry blossom tattoos have become very popular in the last few decades because of their meaning. In Japanese culture, they celebrate life and its brevity. They’re also considered a commemoration of loved ones lost.
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