From my point of view, cherries are one of Michigan’s most extraordinary fruits. Here are some Cherry Fun Facts:
- Today, in Michigan, there are almost 4 million cherry trees which annually produce 150 to 200 pounds of tart cherries.
- Michigan grows 75 percent of the US crop of tart cherries, and about 20 percent of sweet cherries
- Cherries have no fat and are low in sodium and calories.
- Eating about 20 tart cherries a day could reduce inflammatory pain and headache pain.
- There are about 7,000 cherries on an average tart cherry tree (the number varies depending on the age of the tree, weather and growing conditions). It takes about 250 cherries to make a cherry pie, so each tree could produce enough cherries for 28 pies!
- The World Record for spitting a cherry pit is now 100 feet 4 inches, held by “young gun” Krauss, son of 10 time record holder “pellet gun” Krause
- It takes 100 cherries to produce an 8 oz. glass of cherry juice
- Michigan cherry wine is made primarily from Montmorency cherries
- Peninsula Cellars in Traverse City produces a white cherry wine, made from the Emperor Francis cherry
- The same chemicals that give tart cherries their color may relieve pain better than aspirin and ibuprofen in humans.
- Cherries with the stems attached will stay fresh longer
- Cherries were brought to America by early settlers in the 1600s. Cherry trees, in fact, were part of the gardens of French settlers when they established Detroit
The last fact is: The average U.S. citizen consumes about one pound of tart cherries per year. That is more than 260 million pounds per year.
Ho! Ho! Ho!