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Fruit: A History of Cherries

What is the origin of cherries?

Excerpt from the Popular Garden Series magabook Orcharding with permission from its publisher, BowTie magazines, a division of BowTie Inc.

The ancestors of today’s domestic cherries originated in the Caucasus Mountains and were carried to Rome in ancient times. There were no cherry trees in Italy until 74 B.C., says Pliny the Elder, but within 120 years cherry trees would "spread as far as Britain.” He also described three varieties of tame sweet cherries, including the Junian cherry that "has a pleasant taste, but only if eaten under its tree, since it is so tender that it cannot stand being transported.”

Domestic cherries didn’t become widespread throughout Europe and Britain until the 15th century. However, by the 17th century, cherries were so popular that, like apples, peaches, plums and pears, cherries crossed the wide Atlantic with our Founding Fathers.

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xavier, Indiana, IL
Posted: 5/26/2014 11:17:40 AM
I have some cherry pits I had saved. I would like to experiment if I can grow one from these seeds. My dilemma is I will never know the variety.
Dante, Hyde Park, MA
Posted: 3/16/2014 9:00:21 PM
Something I'll have to start!
Dante, Hyde Park, MA
Posted: 11/29/2013 11:59:44 PM
i've been writing blogs about food and i'm featuring cherries soon. found this article helpful. also, i stumbled into http://www.somercotes.com/tasmanian-cherry-fruit-a- mongst-best-world/ and found other stuff too. thanks to you both!
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