Saturday July 19th is National Cherry Day here in England. It is the first ever cherry day in an attempt to bring the cherry back to the forefront as one of our great summer fruits and to save our cherry orchards. The English cherry industry has been ravaged by foreign imports and there are now only around 750 acres devoted to cherry growing compared with 1,750 acres in the Nineties
Cherry Aid (the designated name for the day not the drink) is backed by many notable chefs including Raymond Blanc and Mark Hiks and they are calling on the public to buy English and to start cooking with cherries.
A good place to start is with these recipes, especially the delicious and simple cherry pie.