Want to have some fun? Well, here are some facts about cherries, see how many did you know?
Cherry Trivia Facts:
- Michigan grows 75 percent of the nation’s tart cherries.
- Cherries are a true ancient delicacy; explorers have found cheery pits from the Stone Age in European caves.
- Cherries were brought to America by early settlers in the 1600s. Cherry trees, in fact were part of the gardens of French settlers when they established Detroit.
- It takes about 250 cherries to make a cherry pie, enough cherries grow on the average cherry tree to make 28 pies, industry officials say.
- Tart cherries ripen two or three weeks after sweet cherries. Look for them in mid to late July.
- Tart cherries have fewer calories and more beta-carotene than sweet cherries.
- Tart cherries are loaded with antioxidants that are believed to relieve the pain of arthritis and gout, plus help fight cancer and heart disease. They are also especially high in the antioxidant melatonin, which may help prevent or reduce brain deterioration associated with aging. Plus to top it all off is that they are high in Vitamin A and Beta-Carotene.
Servings: Makes 12 servings
1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple with juice, do not drain.
1 (21 oz) can Cherry Pie Filling (Comstock or your favorite)
1 box of yellow cake mix or chocolate (your favorite)
1 cup of chopped walnuts
1/2 cup (1 stick) of unsalted butter
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 13-X-9 inch pan with non-stick cooking spray. Dump pineapple with juice into pan. Spread evenly. Dump in pie filling and spread that evenly. Sprinkle cake mix evenly over cherry layer. Sprinkle walnuts over the cake mix. Melt butter and pour over cake mix. Bake 50 minutes or until top is lightly browned.
Optional: You can add 1/ 3 cup of flaked coconut in-between the layers. Also try apple or peach pie filling instead of cherry. They all work well. Enjoy!
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