ZUGER CHRIESI (ZUG CHERRIES)
They have been our traditional fruit since they were brought here more than 600 years ago. They are part of Switzerland’s intangible cultural heritage and they bear the AOP/PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) seal. They are famous far beyond our borders and they are the ultimate symbol of Zug: the Zuger Chriesi (Zug cherries). As you walk on the rolling hills of Zugerland, you can marvel at the spectacle of the blossoming cherry trees. Come and experience the quirky customs surrounding this pretty red fruit, or sample Zug’s cherry specialities at one of its gorgeous cafés.
Facts & stories
OUR TRADITIONAL FRUIT
The cherry found its way to Europe via the Roman general Lucius Licinius Lucullus in 74 BC. Legend has it that after his victory over Mithradates VI Eupator of Pontus, he paraded through the streets of Rome, carrying a small cherry tree with ripe cherries on it. This is how the fruit, which is native to the Black Sea, is said to have found its way to Europe. The Romans also planted the cherry trees north of the Alps, and even in Britain. The oldest cherry stones ever found in the Canton of Zug were excavated at Cham-Hagendorn. They are thought to be almost 1,800 years old.
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What are the blossoms up to?
CHRIESITELEFON (CHERRY BLOSSOM PHONE LINE)
Generally speaking, mid-April to the beginning of May is blossoming time, not only for the cherry trees but also for the apricot, apple and pear trees. The splendid flowers attract bees and hikers alike. It is a well-known fact that nature knows no deadlines. Sometimes the trees blossom earlier, sometimes later. We will keep an eye on the blossoms for you, so that you don't miss out on this natural spectacle. Our Chriesitelefon service will keep you informed about what’s blooming when: +41 41 723 68 00.