Oklahoma Fruit of the Month: Cherries
The US leads the world in sweet cherry production, producing about 370 million pounds every year. Sweet cherries are grown commercially in Washington, Oregon, California. and Michigan. Oklahoma is too hot and dry for commercial cherry production, but sour cherries are grown successfully in some home gardens. On large cherry orchards, large machines actually shake the tree to harvest the cherries.
Be a Food Explorer
Try dried cherries or cherry yogurt as a healthy snack for National Snack Food Month.
Play With Your Food
Students compare sweet and sour cherries and canned, frozen and dried cherries. How are they different? How are they the same? Which do students prefer? Graph the results.
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Is life really like a bowl of cherries? If so, explain how? If not, what is a better food analogy?