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where can i find frozen sour cherries?

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hi, all. does anyone know where i can buy frozen sour cherries in manhattan? so far i've only looked in my neighborhood at the whole foods, food emporium and garden of eden. and they only have frozen sweet cherries. i'm off to trader joe's and another food emporium. any clues would be much appreciated. thanks!!

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  1. i think trader joes has them

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    1. re: jenniebnyc

      i was just there. unfortunately they don't. but thanks! i thought they would as well. this is so frustrating! i've now been to whole foods, food emporium, trader joe's, dagastino's and garden of eden. no dice. now i'm going to try citarella and jefferson market.

      1. re: pinknest

        not exactly what you're looking for, but i know that fairway (in harlem) has jarred sour cherries. they're by the mustards, just before the jams. the brand is marco polo, i think, and they're a bit sweet for my taste.

        1. re: freddie

          yeah, the fruit warehouse on 3rd ave and 26th st in brooklyn has jarred sour cherries too. hope this helps.

          1. re: freddie

            one of the Union Square fruit vendors that carries a wide range of small fruits as well as apples (from Kinderhook or Red Hook upstate) also sells large packs of frozen sour cherries.

            I think TJs frozen cherries are sweet cherries - many of the European jarred cherries are morello, which are great but not exactly the same (or as tart) as the bright red montmorencies we are used to.

            1. re: jen kalb

              Do you know the name of the vendor who sells the large packs of frozen sour cherries at the Union Square Market? Or what day they are there?


            2. re: freddie

              saw the jarred stuff at the east village cheese place today too, btw

              1. re: freddie

                Whole Foods (Union Square) carries jarred sour cherries from Red Hills Fruit Company. They're labelled Tart Cherries (Pie Cherries), and I prefer them to Marco Polo because they are packed in water with no sugar added.

                1. re: Cloudy

                  heya, all. thanks so much for the tips. so i went to NINE different places and couldn't find the frozen sour cherries. the frozen sweet cherries (and fresh ones) were readily available. the recipe i was trying to make recommended the frozen over the canned/jarred sour cherries because those would have too much sauce. but maybe i'll try the the jarred ones from whole foods that were mentioned.

                  and the one about the union square fruit vendor...they have frozen bags for sale? do you mean at the farmer's market??

                  thanks again, everyone!!

          2. I've never even heard of commercially frozen sour cherries... canned, prepared pie filling, yes, but plain, frozen, no - I doubt there's much of a national or even regional market for them.

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            1. re: MikeG

              When I was a child, we made a pilgrimmage to my grandparents' place every year to pick and freeze cherries. Living in Indianapolis from 1976 -2000, I can't remember a time when you couldn't buy bagged loose-frozen pie cherries in the supermarkets; I kept them in my freezer and ate them semi-defrosted for snacks. They began disappearing somewhere in the mid 90s, I think. canned water-pack cherries do not make as good a pie. I've wondered what happened to them, they really were especially useful when I wanted to lose a few pounds.

              1. re: MikeG

                Believe it or not they do exist and are sold in the Midwest - the Hy-Vee store in the Quad Cities (IA/IL) carries them (I know because we always get some on visits home to my husband's family, can't bring them back to NYC but they are good straight out of the bag). Will check producer's name on next visit, perhaps we can lobby them to sell to stores here. We pit and freeze a lot of the ones from the Greenmarkets here every summer - as roxlet notes below, they freeze well (even packed in plastic containers without sugar as we do them).

              2. If you're willing to mail-order and settle for dried sour cherries or packed in water, I have this link for you.


                1. really? they're not commercially frozen? i have all these recipes that call for frozen sour cherries and they seem to imply that they're readily available in grocery stores. i have yet to find them. i did find the jarred ones at whole foods.

                  1. Try IQF (Individually Quick Frozen) cherries from Friske Orchards (231-599-2604), in Charlevoix, Michigan.

                    1. They are readily available at the greenmarket right now. There's no reason you couldn't freeze them yourself (I do this with a lot of fruit when it's in season and I can't eat all I buy!)

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                      1. re: kersie

                        Yes. I bought two pounds of fresh sour cherries last Saturday at the greenmarket across from Lincoln Center. I can't imagine they wouldn't be at Union Square now.

                      2. i saw them this morning at union square...

                        1. I don't live in Manhattan but I use the Marco Polo or Great Lakes brands - available online at kalustyans.com. In a pinch, you can use tart cherries for most applications.

                          1. When I was a kid my Mother and Grandmother always bought cherries frozen and sugared in 30 pound cans and they put them up in jars. Now we can just keep them in the freezer and use as necessary, however, it is very difficult to find them. No stores in my area handle them. If anyone has any info. on where they are available I would appreciale knowing where. Thanks.

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                            1. re: grinch5451

                              If you would like to have sour cherries in your freezer, my suggestion would be to wait until they are in the greenmarket or other market, and freeze them yourself. We have done this many times, and believe me, a perfect sour cherry pie in February is a wonderful thing, as I am sure you know!

                              1. re: TheConfoodant

                                Those are dark, sweet cherries, not pie cherries. I got all excited there for a moment.

                                1. re: Jeany

                                  No...they are Montmorency dry cherries at TJ's Montmorency are tart, and you can also find tart organic unsweetened cherry juice at various stores including Asian markets to reconstitute them. So go ahead and get excited!!

                                  1. re: chocoaussie

                                    Sorry, I was replying to an earlier message about a Dole food service product.

                                    I love TJ's, the bad news is the closest one is about 600 miles away. The good news is I'm going to northern VA tomorrow and may come home with a suitcase full of cherries. I eat dried cherries, but I'm kind of tired of the over-sweetened version. I will look for the juice while I'm up there, too. Thanks for the suggestion.

                                    Still, I really long for the fresh-frozen, they're perfect little fruit popsicles for the mid-afternoon snack. They are available on the web, direct from the big Michigan orchards, but they're expensive, and the shipping makes them prohibitive. Like $50 for a 10 pound bag, plus shipping. Overnight shipping to Florida. Uphill both ways. :-/

                              2. Well if you can find canned ones in water (preferred) or in fruit juice ( I really personally wouldn't go for ones soaked in a sugar syrup even though the juice is sugary it is natural and should make the cherries taste more like tart cherries if they are in tart cherry juice. So put those in a coriander/strainer and rinse them with water and dry them out well with a paper towel so it is quicker or just let the water drain off and dry naturally. They don't need to be completely dry but once they are dry to your desired stage just put them in a freezer bag and freeze them just how you would grapes. I really enjoy frozen grapes! sooo good!

                                1. Trader Joe's does have tart, unsweetend dried cherries. They reconstitute very nicely in organic tart cherry juice. I have never seen frozen tart cherries.

                                  1. You should be able to find them at any Persian grocery store.

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                                    1. re: twins4me

                                      Where can I find a Persian grocery store in NYC and environs?

                                      1. re: buttertart

                                        Nader Food Market on the north side of 28th St. between Fifth and Madison. It's a tiny Iranian grocery store, but has an impressive selection for it's size. How about Sahadi's. Do you know whether or not they might have what you're looking for?

                                        1. re: JoanN

                                          I've never noticed that store, must look for it. Thanks. I don't recall there being much frozen fruit at Sahadi's but it's been several years since we were there...

                                          1. re: buttertart

                                            Sorry. Didn't follow the thread back sufficiently to realize you were looking specifically for frozen sour cherries. Doubt Nader Food Market would have them either. But it's definitely worth stopping in sometime when you're in the nabe just to check it out. As for Sahadi's, you could always call. I've found them to be very helpful about what's in stock when I call and ask. And if they have something you want, they'll put it aside for you.