Cherry Quick Facts

• There are three varieties of cherries—sweet, sour and wild. Sweet cherries are noted as large and heart-shaped, while sour varieties are favored for pies and preserves.

• Most sweet cherries are ripe for picking around mid-June, while tart cherries mature between mid-July and early August.

• A cherry pitter is a handy tool that easily pits the fruit.

• The cherry trees that line the Tidal Basin near the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C., were a gift from Japan in 1912 and symbolize the coming of spring.

• Traverse City, Michigan, the “Cherry Capital of the World,” hosts a National Cherry Festival each year.