Ivydene Gardens Top Fruit - Cherry Gallery: Introduction
 

"A growing body of science reveals tart cherries, enjoyed as dried and frozen cherries and cherry juice, have among the highest levels of powerful antioxidants compared to other fruits. They also contain other important nutrients such as beta carotene (19 times as much as blueberries or strawberries!) vitamin C, potassium and fiber.

They also contain Beta carotene, with sour cherries being shown to have more Beta carotene than sweet cherries. Cherry fruit have antioxidants like pectin and anthocyanins that have been linked to the prevention of cancer and heart disease.

One little known fact is that only two species of cherry fruit can be found in America, three can be found in Europe, and the remainder of the cherry species can be found in Asia.

Cherries have a very short fruiting season. In Australia they are usually at their peak around Christmas time. In Southern Europe and America, they are most ripe and at their peak in June. In the United Kingdom, they are ripe and ready to eat around mid July and during the summer season.

Emerging evidence links cherries to many important health benefits – from helping to ease the pain of arthritis and gout, to reducing risk factors for heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers. Cherries also have been found to help regulate the body’s circadian rhythm, prevent memory loss and delay the aging process.

A new study from the University of Michigan Integrative Medicine Program suggests that a cherry-enriched diet may help reduce inflammation, lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. As science continues to reveal inflammation may be a marker for many chronic diseases, the researchers say emerging studies like this are important in examining the role diet may play in disease management and prevention.

The Cherry Fruit Facts:

• The Cherry fruit is known to grow in many areas of the United States. It is noticed that sweet cherries prove to be difficult to grow. Sour cherries are grown mainly in the Eastern side.

• Cherries are very easily perishable and they rarely ripen after harvest. Therefore, you need to refrigerate them soon after their purchase. These can remain fresh in the fridge for at least 2 days.

• The German word Kirsch-the cherry liqueur comes from the word karshu. This is the name given to the cherries that were first cultivated in Mesopotamia in 8 BC.

• Cherries are very versatile fruits and can be a part of any meal or dessert. From breakfast to soups and salads, these find their way into any food item easily! Being delicious, these can be frozen and devoured whenever you wish!

• Studies have shown the cherry fruit to have plenty of health benefits. These are known to provide pain relief for people who suffer from arthritis. It is said that eating 20 tart cherries in a day can prove to fight inflammation effectively.

• Red cherries are also very high in melatonin. These are known to destroy the toxins that cause diseases. The cherry fruit is also high in antioxidants that help to fight cancer and heart disease.

• The cherry fruits are low in cholesterol, fat and sodium. They are also a very good source of fiber and Vitamin C.

• Since the cherry fruit bruises easily, you need to handle them with care. When buying cherries, look for a bright color and those with a supple exterior. Cherries, which are plump and firm, are very good to taste. If you are looking for good quality cherries, try to go in for cherries with their green stems attached.

• Tart cherries and tart cherry juice are known to reduce the urate levels in the body. These are also known to reduce muscle pain and back pain. The benefits of tart cherries are also found even if they are frozen, in the form of juice or canned. Sweet cherries as well as tart cherries have very high levels of anthocyanins. This is the red pigment in the cherries, which helps to reduce the inflammation.

• Sweet as well as sour cherries can be used for jams. Sour cherries are used more often as an ingredient in pies and are suitable for making soufflés, cooked fruit compotes etc.

• Areas of Northern America see these cherries as the first ones to ripen amongst other trees; therefore the term ‘in cherry condition’ has been derived which means something new.

• Michigan has around 35,000 acres of tart cherry trees. This place grows almost 75% of the tart cherries, which are produced in the United States. The Traverse City is therefore called the Cherry Capital of the World. The sweet cherries are grown in large numbers in Washington.

• The cherry fruit extract contains antioxidant flavanoids and are used in many tablets and capsules. These capsules are used to support the pH levels of the body.

" from Southdreamz.

 

Further facts are available from Buzzle.

 

The Cherry & Soft Fruit Show is the UK’s leading competition for soft fruit and cherries at the Kent County Show on 12-14 July 2013.

There are further details concerning Soil, Sun Aspect and Soil Moisture levels in the Top Fruit Page of the Plants Section, together with the cherry rootstock details of Gisela 5, Colt and Prunus F.12.1 that determine the potential natural height of the cherry tree.

This plant gallery has thumbnail pictures of cherry shapes available in container grown form for the following uses:-

  • 7 feet high Patio Tree from Gisela 5 rootstock. Use in pots on patios for any size garden.
  • 7 feet high Bush from Gisela 5 rootstock. Plant as fruit bushes in the garden instead of 7 feet high ornamental shrubs.
  • 10 feet high Bush from Colt rootstock. Plant as 10 feet wide tree or lawn bush in large gardens.
  • 10 feet high Fan from Colt rootstock. Train in any size garden onto 6 feet high support structure on fences or walls.
  • 10 feet high Half Standard from Colt rootstock. Plant as classic lawn tree for large gardens.

This plant gallery has thumbnail pictures of cherry shapes available in bare root form for the following uses:-

 

If you click on a thumbnail another window opens with up to 9 larger images (Blossom, Foliage and Fruit - for Blossom, Foliage and Fruit pages) and the following plant description:-

1. Cherry Name
2. Cherry Type:

  • Eating,
  • Cooking,

3. Tree Forms Available in Container Grown:

  • 7 feet high Patio Tree
  • 7 feet high Shrub Bush
  • 10 feet high Shrub Bush
  • 10 feet high Fan
  • 10 feet Half Standard Tree

4. Tree Forms Available in Bare Root:

  • Maiden Gisela 5,
  • Maiden Colt,
  • Maiden Prunus F.12.1
  • 10 feet high Shrub Bush
  • 10 feet high Half Standard Tree

5. Foliage
6. Blossom Colour
7. Top Fruit Colour, Month of Picking and Keep till Month (In some seasons, sweet cherries loose much of their fruit before it ripens - Control measures are detailed by the Royal Horticultural Society.)
8. Comments. These include the Cherry taste Acid/Sweet.

These gallery photographs of Cherries were provided by Brian Lovelidge of Frank P Matthews Ltd.

 

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TOP FRUIT - CHERRY TREE GALLERY PAGES
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BLOSSOM COLOUR
Other Colours
White

FOLIAGE COLOUR
(o)Green

HEIGHT WITH SHAPE OF CONTAINER GROWN CHERRY TREE
7 feet Patio Tree
7 feet Bush
10 feet Bush
10 feet Fan
10 feet Half Standard

HEIGHT WITH SHAPE OF BARE ROOT CHERRY TREE
(o)Maiden Gisela 5 for training
(o)Maiden Colt for training
Maiden F.12.1 for training
10 feet Bush
10 feet Half-Standard

FRUIT COLOUR
Other Colours
(o)Red

BED PICTURES
Garden Pictures

To ensure that the cherry blossom is pollinated by the bees, then another cherry tree from the same or adjacent flowering group ( Group A with Group A or B, Group B with Group A or Group C, etc ) should be present within a short distance.

The list of Cherry Trees is in alphabetical order with the
Acid/Sweet Taste - Flowering Group - Month of Picking in UK - Cherry Type - Cherry Name

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Acid/Sweet Taste

Flowering Group

Month of Picking in UK

Cherry Type

Cherry Name INDEX link to Cherry Description Page

Sweet

D

August

Eating

Penny

 

 

 

 

Penny is available in USA and UK from Orange Pippin Trees

Penny is self-sterile and in Pollination Group D. It is polllinated by:-

Cherry Name with link to mail-order nursery

Sweet

C

July

Dessert

Amber

Sweet

C

July

Dessert

Elton Heart

Sweet

D

July

Dessert

Emperor Francis

Sweet

E

July

Dessert

Florence

Sweet

E

July

Dessert

Gauger Bigarreau

Sweet

C

July

Dessert

Governor Wood

Sweet

D

July

Dessert

Lapins 'Cherokee'

Duke

C

July

Culinary

May Duke

Sweet

C

July

Dessert

Merchant

Sweet

D

July

Dessert

Merton Crane

Sweet

E

August

Dessert

Merton Late

Sweet

C

June/ July

Dessert

Merton Premier

Sweet

D

July

Dessert

Napoleon

Sweet

C

July

Dessert

Roundel

Sweet

D

July

Dessert

Stella

Sweet

D

July

Dessert

Sunburst

Sweet

E

July

Dessert

Turkish Black

Sweet

C

July

Dessert

Van

Sweet

D

July

Dessert

Vega

Sweet

C

July

Dessert

Whiteheart

 

 

 

 

 

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