Sweet Cherry

Hattingdon looks sweet and elegant in a a brand new hat — a black oval saucer adorned with two bright red cherries. We named the hat Cherry.

Hattingdon wears a brand new saucer hat in black featuring two juicy red cherries. ©Hattingdon Horses by Vivian Grant.
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The Mysterious Symbolism of Cherries

We were not aware there is so much symbolism surrounding cherries. Here is a little taste.

Fascinating Facts

In The Mysterious Symbolism of Cherries — An Interesting Guide, Alan Young, writing for Subconscious Servant, tells us:

There are few things that taste better than fresh cherries. This is why there are so many delicious dishes that have cherries as the main ingredient.

But, did you know that there is a lot more to cherries than the fact that they are delicious and nutritious?

For hundreds of years, cherries have been very important in literature and art, and cherry symbolism is huge in both.

The meaning behind cherries is varied. This tasty fruit appears in many cultures, in many different eras.

The cherries we love to eat originally came from Asia, where they are grown in the rich soil that lies between the Black and Caspian Seas.

Even today, no one is quite sure how cherries came to Europe, but most of us are some glad they did! We do know that they came to America in the 1600’s, and have continued to grow in popularity all over the world.

You will find cherries referenced by Theophrastus, a Greek philosopher who lived between 371 and 287 BCE.

Actually, there is documentation of cherries as far back as ancient Roman times, way back to 72 BC.

There is mention of Roman conquerors and Chinese aristocrats enjoying cherries. This was a food for all, from the working class to the aristocratic.


The cherry is not just a delicious fruit. The cherry represents beauty and pleasure. It is also very symbolic in cultures all over the world.

For instance, in Japan, the cherry is a symbol of good fortune. It can also symbolize new beginnings. Japanese folklore states that when the cherry tree is revered for not only its precious fruit, but also its beauty.

Because the blossoms only last for a short period, they can also be symbolic of the time we have to share with others and give to ourselves. Time is short, and we have to do as much as we can in the time that is given to us. The cherry is a reminder of this.

In ancient Buddhist lore, the cherry is symbolic of femininity and fertility. In ancient China, cherries were thought to symbolize immortality.

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