by Emeric Harney March 23, 2022 5 min read
One sure sign that spring has sprung is the blossoming of cherry trees. If you’re lucky enough to live in an area with cherry trees, you know the wonder and beauty of the arrival of cherry blossoms. The most famous place in the world for the celebration of all things cherry blossom is, of course, Japan. Known around the world for its cherry blossom festivals, there is no better place to experience the excitement and simple glory of this time of year.
Known as hanami in Japanese, the act of enjoying and celebrating the blooming of cherry trees is celebrated throughout Japan. Hanami, which literally means “viewing flowers” but is used most often in conjunction with cherry blossoms, is said to date back more than 1,000 years to when the aristocracy enjoyed viewing the splendid cherry blossoms and wrote poems inspired by them. We’re sure they were cherry good!
Here in the U.S., we have our own four-week celebration of cherry blossoms at the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C., where more than 1.5 million people come to enjoy nature’s show and all the activities surrounding the cherry trees’ season of blooming. The Festival commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Jukio Ozaki of Tokyo to our nation’s capital and celebrates the enduring friendship between the people of the United States and Japan.
Due to the blossoms’ fleeting nature – they typically last no longer than two weeks – they are often featured in Japanese works of art or tattoos to depict the concept of mono no aware, which means “the pathos of things” and is an understanding of life’s impermanence, that nothing lasts forever.
Fortunately for us, the beauty of cherry blossoms lives on in the deliciousness of cherries year round! We’ve put together a few cherry recipes to kick off your spring and carry you through long after the blossoms have fallen. You can start with our own Cherry Blossom tea, inspired by a spring trip to where else but Tokyo! Steep up a cuppa and say hello, spring!
Our Cherry Blossom blend is a green tea base with cherry and vanilla flavors. We think it makes a delightfully different and light springtime latte. Serve it hot or iced.
For this recipe, we’ve taken Cherry Blossom & Chocolate Allens Scottish Shortbread flavored with our Cherry Blossom tea and used it for the shortbread cookie base of this cheesecake, giving it just a hint of cherry flavor. Top with cherry sauce, if desired, to complete the decadence!
Cherry Topping Ingredients:
*1 lb. of stemmed and unpitted cherries equals 2 ½ to 3 cups of cherries, so you’ll need about 1⅓ lbs. of cherries.
Cherry Topping Instructions:
Got tea? Then you need these little cherry delights for a wonderful spring tea. Cherry-o!
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