Best Thing to Buy Right Now - Sweet Cherries!
We love fresh sweet cherries, juicy and full of flavor, and perfect for jams, pies, and salads. The season is typically very short, early May to the end of June, so enjoy them now while they’re in season. California is home to over 600 cherry growers, farming over 26,000 acres throughout the state where nutrient-rich soil, sunny days and mild nights. California grows mostly sweet cherries as opposed to tart or sour cherries grown in Michigan and the Pacific Northwest states, with Bing cherries having the most acreage. But small farmers grow a nice variety of other cherries with subtle taste differences, varieties that you won’t see in any supermarket! They come from Brentwood, Lodi, Stockton, Linden, down towards Gilroy and Hollister, and other northern California valleys. Try a bag of each and see which ones you like the best!
Bing cherries are the leading sweet cherry. They are firm, juicy, large, and a deep mahogany red when ripe. They have a distinctive heart shape. Bings are intensely sweet, with a vibrant flavor.
Rainier cherries are yellow inside and out, with just a bit of red blush on them, quite large, sweet and firm.
Burlat cherries are an early variety, arriving in the markets in May, and have a mild sweet flavor. It is a large, meaty cherry, great for snacking.
Brooks cherries are a large, uniform, dark red fruit. Flesh is firm and crisp with variable shades of red and pink. The stone is nearly free. This cherry works well for canning and baking.