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Where to find Frozen Cherries? Is this a seasonal thing?

FoodieGirl29 Apr 22, 2010 12:00 PM

Hey Chowhounders,

I saw the post on frozen mangoes and wanted to know if anyone knows where to find frozen cherries? Are they only available after the summer harvest in the freezer case? I have a really good chocolate cherry smoothie recipe I want to try that calls for frozen.

I have checked my local Loblaws and Whole Foods with no luck. I keep coming across cranberries. Anyone spot them?

Lisa - The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide @ http://www.hipurbangirl.com

  1. eller Apr 22, 2010 12:19 PM

    Try Fresh from The Farm - they often have frozen produce from Ontario.

    1. Wahooty Apr 22, 2010 01:12 PM

      If you're anywhere near a Polish/Russian/Ukrainian/etc. market, try there. I know I've seen them at Yummy Market, and I'm pretty sure at a couple of other places.

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        Marniee Apr 22, 2010 03:14 PM

        I usually buy my frozen cherries in pails from Loblaws around the first week of July. You could also try MacMillan Frozen Foods. They have all kinds of products including cherries. The location though, may not be convenient. Check out their website.

        http://www.macmillans.on.ca/store.html

        1. Lazar Apr 22, 2010 03:34 PM

          FoodieGirl29 check out Highland Farms frozen section. I remember seeing they had a European brand of frozen fruits (I can remember the brand, but they were from Bosnia Herzogovina).

          If I recall, they had sour cherries, black cherries, "forest" berries, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, black berries, figs and I think they also had plums and apricots.

          Anyway, I think that Highland Farms carry them all year round, so you may want to check them out.

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          Highland Farms
          850 Ellesmere Rd, Toronto, ON M1P, CA

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            dory Apr 22, 2010 03:58 PM

            You might have luck at Stephanie's Village European Deli; the one I know about is in Richmond Hill at Bathurst/Elgin Mills but I think there is more than one? I can't remember frozen cherries but I know they did have frozen fruit including loganberries so chances are pretty good.

            1. FoodieGirl29 Apr 22, 2010 07:37 PM

              Thanks everyone! If I'm going to go through all this trouble to find frozen cherries...I'm totally baking a black forest cake as well ;)

              Lisa - The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide @ http://www.hipurbangirl.com

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                albanis Apr 23, 2010 07:32 AM

                There was some sort of blight or something leading to a crop shortage of cherries. I buy them from Karma Co-op but it's been over a year and if the weather doesn't co-operate then there won't be any this year is my guess. It really depends on mother nature. Cranberries are the only berry that Canada produces in abundance I think so that's why they're everywhere.

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                  Lazar Apr 23, 2010 08:50 AM

                  Not to get off topic, but I thought that Nova Scotia was the number one exported of blue berries in the world? (curious because of your cranberry comments)

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                    albanis Apr 23, 2010 11:17 AM

                    It's possible but I have had tons of blueberries in Maine as well which is pretty close too.

                    Here is a link to the largest cranberry farm in the world (in Quebec)
                    http://www.atoka.qc.ca/en/

                    http://www.atoka.qc.ca/en/

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                  piccola Apr 23, 2010 04:49 PM

                  I've seen them at Kitchen Table, of all places. But stay away from their frozen figs -- they're tough and watery.

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                    shocked Jul 6, 2010 09:02 AM

                    Some Loblaws carry them, but they are an optional item. They are big pails, of sour cherries and black cherries (two different pails- not blended) YOu have to ask your produce manager to order in, if they do not normally stock.

                    They are only available for about 3 weeks, and it is around now that they come in. I saw the sign up at my Loblaws yesterday, saying they were coming very soon...

                    Good luck

                  2. Googs Jul 6, 2010 09:14 AM

                    Sobey's Front St has them.

                    1. Selleck Stache Jul 6, 2010 09:28 AM

                      A store called White Feather, which is located north of Oshawa, seems to have frozen cherries year round, as well as an abundant selection of other frozen fruit.

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                        SweetExpressions Sep 16, 2010 06:35 AM

                        I always get them at Metro in Stouffville and they take orders as well.

                        1. thenurse Sep 16, 2010 08:21 AM

                          I've seen them at Whole Foods.

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