A Little Bit of What You FancyThe summer edition of the National Trust magazine advises that today is National Cherry Day.  At one time the south and west of England were ripe with cherry trees, but in the last 50 years 90 per cent of their number have been lost and currently 95 per cent of the cherries we eat are imported.

In order to combat the decline of the British cherry, food writer Henrietta Green launched CherryAid.  This campaign is to celebrate and save the British cherry.  In addition National Cherry Day was introduced.  This year an event to celebrate the day took place today at London’s Borough Market.

The magazine also informs me that the first Sunday in August is ‘cherry-pie Sunday’, where traditionally cherry dumpers would be eaten accompanied by a tankard of ale.  If any of you are wondering about a cherry dumper, it is a regional version of the Eccles cake.

To enter the spirit of the occasion I went to my local garden centre and indulged in a cherry scone which is something I am rather partial to.  I tried to locate some English cherries in the farm shop, but unfortunately only imported ones were available.

For those of you who were expecting the real Cherry, the bottom photo is for you ;-)


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26 Comments CherryPie on Jul 17th 2010

26 Responses to “National Cherry Day”

  1. Chrissy says:

    haha, I could have let you have some english cherries, I planted a tree last year. I onlu got about seven cherries last year but have had a bowl or two this year and shared some with insects and birds… ;)

    Pretyy figurine ;0

    • CherryPie says:

      Now you tell me ;-) Maybe I should plant a tree of my own, although my garden is a little small….

      I painted the figurine myself. My favourite one became a casualty of curtains blowing in the wind!

  2. jameshigham says:

    No cherries here to celebrate with you but wish you the best anyway.

  3. Steve Hayes says:

    And what better blog than yours to celebrate it!

    I wonder why so many trees have been chopped down – rape seed more profitable?

    • CherryPie says:

      I couldn’t let the day go by really could I?

      I think it is sad that all the trees have been lost. You could be right about the rape seed.

  4. Jama says:

    I love eating cherries when they are in season, but of course we imported ours from USA. Can’t grow them here due to the weather.

  5. CalumCarr says:

    There should be a National Cherrypie Day!

  6. Denise says:

    I love cherries and as we have the space we should look into growing some – just for me to eat! lol!

  7. I am not fond of cherries. I make an exception for you. Fancy you playing footsie :-)

  8. Janice says:

    Just finished a bag of those scrumptious delights and actually planted a few seeds. Good thing there’s a conservatory here because they may not make it through our winters. A “Cherry Pie” day – sounds like a good day to have a little cherry wine :)

    • CherryPie says:

      I hope you manage to get them to grow, it would be lovely to have your own fresh supply. Cherry wine, now there’s a thought :-)

  9. Marcie says:

    I’ve never heard of National Cherry Day. Sounds like a perfect reason to celebrate this exquisite fruit. Love the images!!

  10. Jessica says:

    Happy Cherry Day! We have a cherry tree in our garden and it is heaving, I have sold 20lbs at my gate in the last week and we have just made cherry Ice cream, cherry pie and cherry jam which we will eat with cherry scones and we will also eat fresh cherries. Definitely going to try cherry wine next year!

    • CherryPie says:

      Thanks Jessica :-) It sounds like you had a great day, I would love to have tried the cherry ice cream. The cherry wine sounds like a fun thing to do as well.

  11. liz says:

    A scone with Flora? You must have butter with a scone. (Here speaks a dieter!)

    • CherryPie says:

      I have to admit that I went of the taste of butter and long time ago and I much prefer Flora!

      There was me thinking you were going to tell me off for my choice of lunch when I am on a diet ;-)

  12. Sean Jeating says:

    Blimey, I missed this (very day)! Heatwave and drought seem to have not only dried up my garrulousness …
    Anyway, as there is no single day one ought not to cherish each single cherry – and her feet :) -: here I am with four days delay.

    • CherryPie says:

      Cherry and cherish in one sentence, how can I grumble at that ;-) I hope my feet waving in the air aren’t too inappropriate for a blog…

      All proper celebrations go on for several days and did you notice that cherrypie-sunday is soon to be celebrated?

  13. -eve- says:

    that bottom shoe pic is really intense…. :- ) nice one :- )