February 20, 2012

National Cherry Pie Day

"The man for me is the cherry on the pie. But I'm the pie and my pie is good all by itself. Even if I don't have a cherry." - Halle Berry

It's National Cherry Pie Day!

And why not, right? Sure, cherries aren't "in season" until summer, but that shouldn't stop us from celebrating Amur-KAH's second favorite slice. Besides, President's Day falls right around this time of year (and this year National Cherry Pie Day actually fell ON President's Day; the next time that happens isn't until 2017 then 2023) and it's no secret that one of our our fearless forefathers, the man rockin' the dollar bill himself - Mr. George Washington - was notorious for his relationship with cherries. The crux of which, in case you're not up on your 18th century knowledge, was that when Georgey was a wee lad he was given a hatchet. And as boys do, he wandered through his family's property hacking stuff down, including his father's beloved cherry tree. Unfortunately, the tree died and when his enraged father asked if he knew who did it, Georgey broke down crying saying, "I cannot tell a lie" and then confessed to doing it.

And now you're all the wiser, foodies.

Cherries are packed full of serious health benefits, for example they can help prevent cancer because of their high level of cyanidin (which is an antioxidant), they're good for the heart, have anti-inflammatory properties, can help improve memory, and even reduce arthritis or post-exercise joint pain.

Those aren't negated when the fruit's tossed into a flaky, buttery pie crust, right? 'Cause I'm a girl who seriously loves pie, meaning I might be either one of the most healthy or unhealthy ladies in the world depending on whether on not fruit in pie still counts as "good for you."

Something to ponder with a slice (or a granola bar should you feel you know the unfortunate answer to the above question).

Happy National Cherry Pie Day!