Tomorrow is Britain’s first Cherry Day, the aptly named ‘Cherry Aid’. What a fabulous celebration that is! Who can resist biting into a fresh, red cherry from it’s beautiful green stalk, dripping with rich juice?
Unfortunately, Britain’s orchards need our help. We IMPORT 95% of our cherries and over the past 50 years have lost 90% of our cherry trees.
There are some top chefs behind cherry Aid, such as Raymond Blanc and Mark Hix. The aim of the day is to unite chefs, producers and you and me to get the great British cherry back on top of the menu and growing in our beautiful orchards again.
You might not be in a position to plant a cherry tree (please do if you can), but there are plenty of ways to celebrate Cherry Aid.
Source some local cherries and enjoy them. If your local shop doesn’t stock them, then ask them why not and tell them about Cherry Aid.
If you fancy a walk in the green British countryside then why not take a walk through a cherry orchard or go to a pick your own farm and indulge in fresh cherries. You can even rent a cherry tree for a season through some scheme on the Foodlovers website!
If this cold weather keeps up, I’ll be making mine into a comforting clafoutis!