National cherry turnover day
August 28th, 2012
09:00 AM ET
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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.

– Darker cherries have higher antioxidant and vitamin levels than lighter ones. Sour cherries have higher levels of both compared to the sweet variety.

– 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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  1. GayAtheist

    Cherry turnover day?


    Why didn't anybody tell me? It would be nice to know about these things before they happen. What am I going to do now? I just bought peach danish.

    August 28, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
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