Monday, December 8, 2014

Adirondack Cherry - Did You Know?

Did you know that American Colonists used the cherry tree for its fruit, medicinal properties and home furnishings?

They mixed cherry juice with rum to create Cherry Bounce, a bitter but highly favored cordial. The bark was used in the production of drugs to treat bronchitis, and cherry stalks were used to make tonics. 

Early printmakers used cherry for their engraving blocks. Cherry helped define American traditional design because Colonial wood workers recognized its superior woodworking qualities.

Cherry was used by the Greeks and Romans as long ago as 400 B.C. for furniture making.

It is not typical for American Cherry trees to grow east of the Mississippi River. It is a native tree to the North American Adirondacks.

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