Cherries originated in the area around Anatolia (Turkey) and were brought to Europe by the Romans. They brought them from an area in northern Turkey that they called Cerasus (present-day Giresun.) The English, French, and Spanish words for "cherry" are derivatives from "Cerasus." Today, Giresun has a cherry in its coat of arms. Turkey remains the top-producing cherry nation these days. Henry VIII brought cherries to England after tasting them for the first time in Flanders.
Cherries are good for you - they contain antioxidants and vitamins.
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Recipe: Roasted Cherries
Small-Batch Canning: Making Cherry Preserves
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