red tart cherries
Tart cherries typically come around the end of July and first part of August each year. We get these cherries in one time a year. You can contact us to see if you have any remaining cherries in our Market.
The cherries will come in 10# and 27# slush pack, never frozen. The cherries are pitted and ready for use. This is the only time of year we get tart cherries. These pitted cherries are perfect for:
They come in:
10 pound tubs
27 pound tubs
What are tart cherries good for?
The red tart cherries are excellent for canning, freezing and baking. They are grade A, pitted and harvested at the peak of ripeness. The pitted red tart cherries are packed without sugar because that is the most popular request. No doubt diabetics and others avoiding or watching sugar in their diets account for this. Further, cherries packed without sugar are more easily used in baking, etc. so you do not need to try calculating changes in recipes. The negative aspect is that the cherries without sugar that are in contact with air on the top of the pack will oxidize (turn brown in color) within hours of being pitted. This brown color is NOT an indication of bad cherries.
Cherries should be re-frozen or used as SOON as possible. To use, scoop out the cherries, including the amount of juice that naturally comes with the utensil you use. Do not DRAIN the cherries, yet you will not want to use ALL the juice that comes with them either. For freezing, you may add sugar or freeze without it. When thawing, it is suggested that you spread the cherries out so they can lose their “frost”. Then, use while still slightly frozen for maximum plumpness.
One quart of tart cherries weighs about 2 pounds. It also equals 4 cups when pitted. It takes approximately 1-1/2 pounds of fresh pitted cherries to fill a 9″ pie and there are 58 calories in 3-1/2 ounces of cherries.