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Ah, British cherries. Some of the tastiest fruits on earth we reckon. And now’s the time to eat ‘em! But did you know that in the past 50 years, Britain has lost 90% of its cherry orchards and that we actually import the vast majority of cherries from abroad? FoodLoversBritain.com hopes to change those sad statistics with CherryAid, a campaign to unite all cherry lovers to save the British cherry. Throughout the summer, the plights and delights of the cherry will be highlighted with celebrations around the country.
Here in London, the celebrations will be held at Borough Market, where FoodLoversBritain will set up a Cherry Corner from Thursday the 16th to Saturday the 18th of July. And at 2.30pm on the 18th of July (which is National Cherry Day in case you weren’t aware), the cherry-brations will culminate with cherry bake. Those interested in participating are encouraged to bring along their own cherry dishes (a pie, jam, bread, whatever) to be judged by Henrietta Green, managing director of FoodLoversBritain, as well as a panel of celebrity chefs. Winners will receive a variety prizes. Visit the CherryBake entry page of FLB’s website for more info.