The Rainier cherry variety is so unique that the Rainier Mountains are named after it, and National Rainier Cherries Day is celebrated every year. This variety appeared thanks to the scientific breeder Harry Fogle, who in 1952 crossed two varieties of cherries – Bing and Van.
It is not known for certain why July 11 was chosen, but it is clear this is a special day on the calendar of national holidays that encourages you to try amazing cherries. These cherries are sweet, the skin is thin, and the flesh is yellow and juicy. The Rainier variety is a descendant of the wild cherry. Traditionally, in Washington, the harvest is in mid-summer.
- Rainier cherries have been harvested on an industrial scale since 1960.
- Growing and harvesting Rainier cherries is a difficult task; the skin of the berries is so thin, it quickly bursts. They are harvested with extreme care and stored in small containers to minimize fruit contact. Also, the berries are sensitive to the weather, high temperatures, precipitation, and winds. Another problem is birds; they love cherries as much as people do, so farmers put up nets to protect their crop.
- Immediately after picking, the cherries are water-cooled, so the berries remain fresh.
- Among the existing varieties, Rainier is considered the most expensive and sweetest.
- Rainier cherries up to 3 cm in diameter are an excellent source of potassium, as well as vitamins A and C.
How to take part
The easiest way is to enjoy the amazing taste of Rainier cherries. Make a pie or juice from them, or just them eat fresh. You will surely enjoy them. Be sure to share National Rainier Cherries Day on social media with the hashtag #NationalRainierCherryDay. If possible, visit a cherry farm in Washington, walks here are calming, inspiring, and guests are also offered a glass of amazing cherry wine.
When is National Rainier Cherries Day celebrated in 2023?
National Rainier Cherries Day is observed on July 11 each year.