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sour cherries

JoAnn Coffino Jan 15, 2002 06:19 PM

I am in need of Michigan sour cherries. Does anyone know of a local source (frozen without sugar will be fine)

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    Sashi RE: JoAnn Coffino Jan 15, 2002 08:00 PM

    Can you use canned? Usually I can find canned sour cherries at Safeway. Not sure if they are Michigan. I love sour cherries to cook with - I hope someone else has a better source!

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    1. re: Sashi
      gordon wing RE: Sashi Jan 15, 2002 09:41 PM

      Trader Joe's has dried sour cherries that are very tasty - sounds like you're looking for frozen since I suspect fresh are a summer fruit. TJ also has a lot of frozen fruit - I've never looked through their freezer cases that closely.

      1. re: gordon wing
        Erik RE: gordon wing Jan 16, 2002 07:46 AM

        Being from Indiana and having sour cherry trees all over the place (we used to put nets on the trees to keep the birds out), I'm always looking for them too.

        Unfortunately, this is not the season to find them and, after asking lots of vendors and produce people, I was told they are 'a midwest commodity' without a lot of call for them out here. So I usually resort to the canned variety. Look for the brand name 'Oregon' I believe. They're not cheap and the texture is not as good as fresh or frozen but the taste is there.

        Sour cherries are easier to find than black raspberries. Believe me. Everybody thinks I'm talking about blackberries. Nope.

        1. re: Erik
          Melanie Wong RE: Erik Jan 16, 2002 10:15 AM

          When the season returns, head to Kozlowski Farms in Forestville (Russian River Valley) for black raspberries. They've got golden raspberries too. For a fix in the meantime, try the black raspberry vinegar which is widely available at places like Safeway.

          1. re: Melanie Wong
            Caitlin McGrath RE: Melanie Wong Jan 16, 2002 09:33 PM

            I also recommend Kozlowski's black raspberry preserves and/or fruit spread. Don't know their current status, but they used to have a stand at the Jack London Square farmer's mkt in Oakland--products during the off-season, berries too during the summer.

            1. re: Caitlin McGrath
              Nancy Berry RE: Caitlin McGrath Jan 17, 2002 10:23 AM

              If you're visiting Sonoma, Kozlowski's has a nice store on their grounds. Here's the info:

              5566 Gravenstein Hwy. (116)
              Forestville, California 95436
              Tel: 1.800.473.2767 or 707.887.1587
              Email: koz@kozlowskifarms.com

              Link: http://www.kozlowskifarms.com/

          2. re: Erik
            Ruth Lafler RE: Erik Jan 16, 2002 02:17 PM

            I see black raspberries around in season (Berkeley Bowl), but I don't think they are ever available frozen.

            I think this is because they have a very high ratio of seed to flesh, and the inevitable break-down of the flesh during freezing turns them into little black seed balls.

            But they are delicious, and distinctly different from red raspberries (on the other hand, I don't think golden raspberries have much flavor at all).

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