Minnie Royal Cherries
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Minnie Royal cherries are medium-sized with an approximate diameter of one inch. They have a firm, deep red skin and uniform round shape. Minnie Royals are distinguishable by their longer than average stems and light pink inner flesh. They are a sweet cherry with a pleasant tart balance.
Minnie Royal cherries are available late spring through summer.
All cherries are members of the family, Prunus and are descendants of the wild cherry, Prunus avium. They are classified as stone fruits (fruits containing a singular central seed), alongside apricots, plums, peaches and nectarines. The Minnie Royal cherries are prized for their early ripening and low chilling requirements. They are often planted alongside Royal Lee cherry trees as a pollinator.
Minnie Royal cherries have the best of both the tart and sweet world. Tart cherries are one of the few natural sources of melatonin. Sweet cherries are high in potassium, beta carotene, vitamin C, anthocyaninis and quercetin – all of which have been found to fight cancer when working together. Sweet cherries have also been found to help lower uric acid levels – aiding athletes’ sore/inflammed muscles and those who suffer from gout.
This good flavored cherry is excellent enjoyed fresh, baked in pies or cakes, canned as a jam, with icecream or cheesecakes or atop sundaes.
Japanese culture reveres flowering cherry trees as a symbol of friendship. In 1912, Japan gave more than 3,000 cherry-blossom trees to the United States as a gif to honor the growing bond between the two countries. What started as a humble thought has now grown into an annual National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. when the trees bloom each spring. Similar to Washington, D.C. Japan has a thousand-old tradition called hanami –where people hold feasts under blooming cherry-blossom trees, or sakura to celebrate the spring blooms. A fallen cherry blossom symbolizes a fallen samurai who sacrificed his life for the emporer. During World War II, this tradition was carried on when painted on the side of kamikaze warplanes.
Cherry trees have been celebrated for both their delicious fruit as well as their beautiful trees. It is believed that cherries were named after the Turkish town of Cerasus and have been dated as far back as 300 B.C.