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Chef's Table: The Truth About Cherries
By Jim Coleman

Jim Coleman For many of us, spring officially begins when the famous cherry blossoms burst open in the nation's capital. It's an image Americans hold dear, but decorating our political arena with cherry trees was not a homegrown idea. Instead, they were a gift from the Mayor of Tokyo in 1910, and making them part of Washington's landscape was merely a matter of good politics.

And what could be more American than the story of George Washington owning up to chopping down a cherry tree?

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