While every day seems like a day to celebrate during Creston’s cherry season, this Thursday gives you a real excuse to indulge in one of the Valley’s finest (and most finicky) fruits. Read below for National Days.com’s overview on the history of Rainier cherries and how to properly celebrate!

NATIONAL RAINIER CHERRY DAY

National Rainier Cherry Day on July 11th recognizes the cherry variety named after Mount Rainier. In 1952, Harry Fogle of Washington State University developed the Rainier cherry by cross-breeding the Bing and Van cherry varieties. 

The sweet Rainier cherries have a thin skin and a thin creamy-yellow flesh. Cherries are a temperamental crop that is sensitive to temperature, wind, and rain. Each season, birds eat almost one-third of the crop. While cherries in general present growing challenges, Rainier cherries are unique. Their delicate skins require the cherries to be hand-picked. However, superior taste keeps producers and consumers coming back for more. Due to their superior taste, Rainiers are considered a premium cherry.

This popular fruit is in such high demand that growers take extra pains to ensure the fruit does go to the birds. They cover the trees in nets and plant them between red cherry trees to encourage the bees to pollinate the blossoms. Besides hand-picking the fruit, the harvesters place the cherries into small bags to avoid bruising. Every necessary precaution is taken, so the cherries arrive in the market in perfect and delicious condition.

HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL RAINIER CHERRY DAY

Purchase some Rainier cherries. Either bake with them or eat them fresh. Take some time to shop around. You may even find wine, cordials, or preserves made from Rainier cherries. The makers of the products will proudly display a label indicating the item is made with Rainier cherries. Post on social media using #RainierCherryDay to encourage others to join in as well.

HISTORY OF NATIONAL RAINIER CHERRY DAY

While we were unable to identify the creator of the day, the observance does occur during the peak cherry harvest. Celebrations and contests take place throughout July in recognition of National Rainier Cherry Day.

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