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Did you know that February is National Cherry Month? That’s right – this is the month of the year where we take a moment to celebrate those little, red, delicious fruits.

Reasons why cherries are great:

• They’re good for your health! Being high in melatonin, they provide a soothing effect on the brain. They also help fight inflammation. Thanks cherries!

• 70% of all cherries produced in the US are grown in the Pacific Northwest.

• Cherries are relatively low in calories, but still contain plenty of beta carotene, Vitamin C and potassium.

• They’re part of the “drupe” family (drupes have a hard seed in the middle and a fleshy outer part). Some other drupes are peaches and plums. Yum!

• Cherry trees are the prettiest of them all. Not all cherry trees provide tasty cherries, but the white and pink leaves will always be sign that spring is finally here!

• Cherries provide a built-in activity: a pit-spitting contest (but be careful where you aim)!

And, good news: Tillamook can help you get your cherry fix at any time of the day! Try a Tillamook Lowfat Cherry Vanilla Yogurt with breakfast, a NEW Tillamook Light Dark Cherry Yogurt for a snack and a hearty scoop of Oregon Black Cherry Ice Cream (with Oregon-grown cherries!) for dessert. If you’re feeling adventurous, try a Cherry Orange Float or make your own cherry-inspired creation! Just be sure to share your idea with the world on Facebook or in the comments below so everyone else can try your cherry treat.

Happy Cherry Month!

~Katie of the Tillamook Team

Photo: Dudley Carr/Flickr (Creative Commons)

2 comments

NW Cherry Growers

Katie, It's great to hear the wonderful words of another cherry fan! Northwest cherries and Oregon yogurt, what a great combo!

And you're right on the money about the health benefits as well. I see on your Twitter feed that someone didn't know that sweet cherries are packed with nutrients, including melatonin, as well! In fact, cherries sweet or tart are one of the few plant sources of melatonin. If your fans have any questions about cherry health, they can visit http://www.nwcherries.com/sweethealth.

Keep up the great work in Tillamook! One of our favorites is your French Vanilla Bean with some fresh pitted Bings...or your Cherry Vanilla when we run out of fresh and frozen cherries to add!

February 13th, 2012 at 9:44 am

Katy

Tillamook Team

Hi James,

Thanks so much for your reply. We are glad you liked the post and enjoy Tillamook Ice Cream! Tillamook French Vanilla with fresh Northwest cherries sounds yummy!

Looking forward to cherry season!

~ Katy of the Tillamook Team

February 13th, 2012 at 12:57 pm
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