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May 31, 2006 01:12 PM

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.