What am I?
Do you prefer sweet or sour? I can be either!
I'm known for my beautiful flowering trees and delicious fruit. I am native to Asia. Now I'm grown all over the world. I like cold winters and warm (not too hot) summers.
Where I grow
I grow on trees. The tree takes about 4 years before it grows fruit. Most fruit trees live for 20 years, but there are 3 trees in Japan that are over 1,000 years old!
Before other fruit trees, my tree blossoms. It's a sign that Spring is here! The flowers are so beautiful, most of the trees in Japan are grown for the flowers only and they don't grow fruit!
I need pollinators (like honey bees) in order to grow fruit. When the flower dies, my fruit start to grow.
After I'm picked
In June and July, it's time to pick! I do not ripen when I'm off the tree, so I need to be picked at the right time. The average tree has 7,000 fruits on it! Today, farmers use a tree shaker to shake off my fruit in just 7 seconds.
The fruit should be attached to my stem so it stays fresh longer. My sweet varieties are eaten raw, juiced, or canned and the sour kind is often dried and used for baking. There is a seed inside, so take a bite and spit out the seed!
Did you guess... Cherry!
Do you like cherries? Cherry trees are also used to make furniture.
Watch the video to learn more. Remember, most cherry trees that come from Japan do not grow cherry fruit.
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