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Jun 27, 2007 10:00 PM

Sour Cherries in SF

I found two recipes that require sour cherries, but the problem is finding them. According to a cherry stand at the Ferry Building FM, the sour cherries were gone 2 weeks ago. Has anyone seen them frozen at a store somewhere? I know I can probably get them on-line, but I would rather go to a store and buy them.

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  1. I also could not find sour cherries anywhere so I ended up ordering them on-line. Go to the company is King Orchards. It cost me about $40.00 for a case. A little pricey I know, but it was more economical than buying them by the can. If you like making pie as much as I do, it is worth it. These cherries are packed in water and one can equals about 2 cups. I won a pie contest with these so the can't be all that bad!

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    1. re: tigersmom

      Would you mind posting the pie recipe in Home Cooking??

    2. Haig's Deli on Clemente has them dried -- they are fabulous and moist but still have a pit. You could swell them with some liquid if you don't want them raisiny.

      1. I don't know about SF, but for the past few years the Berkeley Bowl hasn't started getting sour cherries until just after July 4th, and then for about 2 weeks. Has the season shifted?

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        1. re: uh ... art

          I talked to the Bowl produce guy this morning and he says their sour cherries have not come in yet. "Any day now," was as precise as he could be.

          Last year's sour cherry ice cream was pretty great. This year I have bigger plans.

          1. re: uh ... art

            Thank you! Yes, I was told by the CUESA reps at the Ferry Building to go to the Lagier (or something like that) stand. When I asked the woman told me that they were no longer available.

            1. re: Mari

              Next year, try CJ Olsen in Sunnyvale. They have a limited run.

        2. I went all the way down to LA for the first weekend of sour picking and they were out within a day.

          1. I saw them frozen (in plastic tubs) at New World Market on Geary:

            New World Market
            5641 Geary Boulevard
            (between 20th Ave & 21st Ave)
            San Francisco, CA 94121
            (415) 751-8810

            Mon-Sat 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
            Sun 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

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            1. re: Nancy Berry

              American sour pie cherries or European morellos? The latter are great but have a pretty different flavor.