How surprising it would be if I tell you that archaeologists have discovered fossilized Cherry pits in prehistoric caves throughout Europe and Asia? Yes, the fruit of which our favorite pie has been made of is being eaten since the Stone Age. The earliest mention of cherries is found in the inventory of Theophrastus, the Greek author who wrote History of Plants in 300 BCE. Around the same time, Diphilus of Siphnos, a Greek physician mentioned cherries' usefulness as a diuretic.

The word Cherry is thought to have a Greek origin moreover it is dedicated to the Greek town of Cerasus currently located in Turkey. But few historians opine that this town was named after cherry.

Not only in Greek culture but also in Japan cherry blossoms are an unofficial national flower representing beauty, courtesy, modesty, simplicity, spring and innocence. Besides cherry blossoms also symbolize the transience of life. The short but brilliant blooming season is a natural process that metaphorically represents human life. The essence of cherry is not limited to beauty and taste only. Breaking off a blossom from the tree is considered vandalism of federal proper in Washington D.C which can lead to a citation or even arrest.

The Red fruit has a variety use of it as an ingredient in most cuisine of the world. Starting from the delicious cherry pie up to the tender and juicy steak we can find the presence of cherries. Cherry cheesecake, cherry chutney, cherry ice cream, cherry muffins etc are popular dishes around the world.

Except for the taste and aristocracy, it also has a ton of health benefits which includes: the tart fruit contains tons of antioxidants like beta carotene and choline, it also helps to reduce weight, lower blood pressure and blood sugar etc.

The two most popular varieties of cherries are either sour or sweet like the way our life goes sometimes bad and sometimes good. Why not make the metaphorical friend a part of our regular diet?

Let’s eat cherry and stay happy.