National Cherry Turnovers Day is observed annually on August 28th. Cherry turnovers are a sweet pastry made by placing a cherry filling on a piece of dough, folding the dough over, sealing it then either baking it or frying it.
FUN CHERRY FACTS:
- Related to plums, peaches and nectarines, cherries are drupes or stone fruits.
- Cherries were brought to North America in the 1600s by the English colonists.
- There are more than 1,000 varieties of cherries in the United States.
- There are an average of 44 cherries in one pound.
- Darker cherries have higher antioxidant and vitamin levels than lighter ones.
- On average, commercially grown cherry trees produce about 7,000 cherries annually.
- Over 75% of the cherries sold in the U.S. come from Michigan.
- There are two main species of cultivated cherries; the sweet cherry (also called wild cherry), and the sour cherry (also called tart cherry).
- Freezing cherries not only preserves but also concentrates and improves their taste.
More National Cherry Holidays:
- January 3rd is National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day.
- April 23rd is National Cherry Cheesecake Day.
- May 17th is National Cherry Cobbler Day.
- August 28th is National Cherry Turnover Day.
- September 24th is National Cherries Jubilee Day.
How to Observe:
Following are a few cherry turnover recipes for you to enjoy: