National cherry month celebrates everything cherry. February is a time to celebrate the cherry blossoms in Washington D.C., national folklores, President’s birthday’s and the amazing natural health benefits and great taste of this ruby red super fruit.
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The History of the National Cherry Month
In many parts of the United States, snow still covers the ground, so why are cherries such a hot topic during this snowy month?
There are three reasons why February is National Cherry Month. This first reason is George Washington’s birthday, the second is President’s Day and the third is what happens in Washington D.C. every year.
Check out this great video about National Cherry Month. Also, make sure to read the rest of the article beneath the video, too.
George Washington’s Birthday
The folklore of George Washington and the cherry tree are forever intertwined in our nation’s history. Walk down the hall of any elementary school in America during February and you’ll see countless drawings of George Washington and cherry trees hanging from the walls.
You see, folklore tells us when our first president, the “alleged chopper of the cherry tree”, had a run in with a cherry tree. As the story goes, when George Washington’s father asked the future president who chopped down the cherry tree, the reply was,” I cannot tell a lie. I chopped down the cherry tree.” No matter your age, you will always remember to story of the cherry tree and Washington. That the reason our first president is connected with National Cherry Month.
In addition to George Washington’s birthday, Abraham Lincoln also celebrates a birthday in February. A few decades back, congress voted to combine and celebrate the birthdays of our all current and past presidents into a single day to honor multiple presidents. That is how President’s Day was created.
National Cherry Blossom Festival
Every year Washington D.C. celebrates the National Cherry Blossom Festival. This is an annual event that remembers and celebrates the friendship between the people of the United States and Japan. This National Cherry Month event dates back to 1912. This was the year when the Mayor of Tokyo, Yukio Ozaki, sent 3,000 cherry trees to Washington D.C..
These cherry trees where then planted along the National Mall. Since that day of friendship, individuals from all over the world have strolled beside the reflecting pool enjoying countless cherry blossoms during National Cherry Month.
Health Benefits of Cherries
Not only does this ruby-red superfruit deeply rooted in our nation’s history, but it also offers a number of natural health benefits including:
- Reduces joint pain due to achy joints
- Reduces muscle soreness due to physical exercise
- Helps to maintain healthy sleep and fight insomnia
- And more!
Tart cherries are not only packed-full of powerful antioxidants including anthocyanins, potassium and melatonin. The presence of anthocyanins helps to relieve joint pain due to arthritis naturally, while melatonin, helps to fight insomnia naturally.
Finally, naturally occurring potassium helps to reduce muscle soreness, too. This is great news for those shoveling snow during the cold winter months or weekend warriors.
Tart Cherries are available in a number of ways:
- Fresh Cherries – The fresh cherries are very perishable. That is why they are only available for a few short weeks after the summer harvest
– Tart Cherry Juice - It takes the juice of approximately 100 cherries to make just one ounce of cherry juice concentrate. This is a great way to get the health benefits and great taste of the tart cherry.
– Tart Cherry Capsules - Since many people want the anti-inflammatory benefits of tart cherries year-round, tart cherry capsules are fast becoming the best option. The reason is they are available year-round and they don’t need refrigeration like the cherry juice.
Finally, you get the entire cherry, the skin, the pulp and the juice of the fruit with each daily serving. The only part of the cherry juice you don’t get is the pit and the stem.