Ornamental Trees provide a great selection of both eating and cooking cherry trees. Our sweet Cherry trees (Prunus avium) are ideal for eating fresh and our sour Cherry trees (Prunus cerasus) are perfect for using in baking. You will not taste a fresher cherry than that picked from your own tree at home. Shop bought cherries are expensive and can never be as fresh as home grown produce. You can even freeze your freshly picked fruits for use later in the year!
Cherries are stone fruits and part of the same family as almonds, peaches, apricots and plums. A good trick for ensuring your cherry pie retains that vibrant shade of red is to use sour cream instead of milk in your baking recipes as the chemicals in baking powder can turn them blue. To really bring out the flavour in your home made cherry pies, add a ¼ teaspoon of almond extract.
The English name cherry, French name cerise and Spanish name cereza are all derived from the Latin cerasum and the ancient Greek place name Cerasus. Cerasus is now a city in Northern Turkey called Giresum where cherries were first exported to Europe. Turkey is also the top producing country for cherries with over 400,000 tonnes of fruit produced in 2011.
These delicious fruits can be traced back to 17BC when they were first brought to Rome from historic Armenia. Cherries were first introduced to England by Henry VIII who tasted them in Flanders.
Traverse City, Michigan is known as the Cherry Capital of the World and produces 75% of America’s tart cherries. The National Cherry Festival has been held here since 1925 and includes competitions such as, cherry pie eating contests and cherry pit spitting.
So we know that these fruit trees provide delicious cherries in the summer but they are also fantastic garden trees. Their beautiful spring blossom adds to their seasonal interest with some varieties offering good autumn colour. Our range of cherry fruit trees include smaller varieties ideal for when you don’t have a lot of space but wish to bake your own cherry pies!
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