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Cherries: how to pick them


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Ed brought home a package of Primavera Select, grown in California, and honestly...they are beautiful looking and absolutely tasteless.  Why? 

 

Are there cherries out there which taste good besides the Ranier variety from Washington state and the northwest?

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The batch I bought earlier in the year were from South America. Really good. Then a tasteless bag. The California ones I posted in fruit topic  = wonderful. The marketers ahave taken to bagging the fruit. It has a zip lock at top but they are never closed. I think people snag a taste. With Covid I have not seen that tasting of unwashed fruit. Even from Farmers Markets I've had duds where they don't offer taste which I think is the only sure option. Long winded response to say "luck of the draw". Off to grab a handful - tryiing to pace myself ;) The packaging is in English and French so must be going to Canada also. 

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Michigan cherries are wonderful. Their peak season is all-too-short, alas.

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For great cherries, you need a tree.  We had a terrific one years ago, but unfortunately it died and became firewood.  Even a few hours after picking,  the cherries were nowhere near as good as fresh off the tree.

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1 hour ago, donk79 said:

For great cherries, you need a tree.  We had a terrific one years ago, but unfortunately it died and became firewood.  Even a few hours after picking,  the cherries were nowhere near as good as fresh off the tree.

Why we got tummy aches as kids at the U-Pick orchards.  ;) 

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Yeah, sorry, Washington cherries are the best 😋  (I might be biased) 

 

But seriously, I think the earliest harvests of stone fruit tend to be lacking.  Maybe they've had cooler spring weather and not developed enough sugars?  Or are being picked on the un-ripe side in a rush to get to market?  Doubly disappointing when you pay those premium early season prices - I saw cherries for $12.99/lb the other day, probably from CA.  I'll wait for a price drop and more local fruit, I'd say peak WA cherry season is July.

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