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The story of cherry
Cherry is an edible fruit that grows on the cherry tree. It is a drupe, that is to say, a fleshy fruit with a stone, spherical in shape and more or less dark red in color depending on its maturity. If its fruit grows in summer, it is preceded by elegant small white or pink flowers, which are, in turn, synonymous with spring. The cherry tree has been present in Europe since Neolithic times. Numerous archaeological discoveries moreover attest to this. Suffice to say that it has always been part of our history. Its culture, however, dates back to the fourth century BC, and traces of it have been found in Asia Minor. Then, the cultivation of cherries would have spread to the Greeks and then to the Romans. It would have been brought back from Cerasus du Pont to Rome by Lucullus. Likewise, it was a fruit very present in the Middle Ages. This delicate and sweet ingredient was sold on multiple stalls. However, it is really to Louis XV, who particularly liked the cherry, to whom we owe the intensive cultivation of the latter. Generally, the cherry harvest is done from the end of May to the middle of August. In France, the first producing department of this small fruit is Vaucluse. It alone supplies three-quarters of French production with cherries intended for processing and 25% of table cherries. Suppose cherries are very popular in food, whether in jam, pastry, drinks, or simply bite into. In that case, they are also recognized for their many health benefits. Indeed, they are rich in vitamins C and B3 and are also laxative. Likewise, they naturally contain pectin, which is very useful for making jams. The potassium contained in the cherry, meanwhile, gives it diuretic properties. Finally, contrary to its reputation, the caloric content of the cherry remains reasonable.
Multiple varieties of cherries are used as a source of inspiration to create perfumes. On the other hand, it is impossible to obtain an essential oil directly from its pulp. Its fragrance is therefore reproduced in the laboratory by an assembly of different synthetic molecules. In this case, benzaldehyde makes it possible to reproduce the slightly amended note of its core. In the same way, two types of scents are to be distinguished: the fruit and the sour cherry blossoms. Indeed, cherry blossoms are also very common in female juices. What is more, this flower is sacred in Japan, and the flowering of the cherry trees evokes a strong tradition that can be found in many perfumes evocative of this country.
What is more, let us note that if the cherry tree is very often present as a background note in perfumes such as in La Petite Robe Noire by Guerlain, it is also often honored. Thus, several fragrances are entirely devoted to cherry. This is particularly true with Cherry Perfume by Fragrenza, Cherry Blossom Fruity by Guerlain, Cerisier en Fleurs by Fragonard, or Cherry In The Air by Escada.