Here are some fun facts about cherries…
Cherries belong to the rose family.
Canada holds the record for baking the biggest cherry pie in the world. A pie weighing 39,683 pounds was baked in Oliver, British Columbia.
Eau Claire, Michigan is known as “the Cherry Pit Spitting Capital of the World”.
The world record for spitting a cherry pit is 93ft 6.5in, set by Rick Krause of Michigan in 2003.
Turkey produces more cherries than any other country. The United States comes second.
The cherries from an average cherry tree are enough to make 28 cherry pies.
Don’t limit yourself to cherry pies this season, try this delicious cherry bread. If you’re in a pinch or cherries are not in season, you can substitute maraschino cherries for a sweeter touch.
3 eggs, lightly beaten
2-½ Cups All-Purpose Flour
2 Cups Carrots, grated
1-½ Cups Flaked Coconut
1 Cup Sugar
½ Cup Milk
½ Cup Vegetable Oil
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda
½ Cup Fresh Cherries, pitted
In a mixing bowl, combine first 9 ingredients. Fold in cherries. Spoon into greased loaf pan. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.