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Cherries: Do They Ripen After Being Picked?

opinionatedchef May 26, 2010 08:43 AM

We love Ranier Cherries but, living in the Boston area, we do not have locally grown ones. For the first time in years of buying them, we recently bought a batch that is not as tender/ripe as they should be. Will they ripen if left unrefrig'd? If the answer is yes, do they have that in common with all other stone fruit? Thanks much.

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  1. ChefBoyAreMe RE: opinionatedchef May 26, 2010 10:03 AM

    Wow, that's a new one on me. While I love good soft ripened peaches or pears, cherries, like apples, I want as hard and crisp as I can get them. To me, the perfect cherry is one that cracks when you bite it, and I keep them refrigerated to keep them as hard as possbile, as long as possible. As soon as they get a bit soft, I lose interest. Especially Rainiers, which tend to get soft faster than Bings.

    I guess that's also why jelly beans come in different flavors, though!

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      bluemoon4515 RE: opinionatedchef May 26, 2010 07:56 PM

      If they're already pretty ripe, they will probably get a little softer over time. But in general I don't think cherries are a fruit that ripens off the tree.

      1. EWSflash RE: opinionatedchef May 26, 2010 08:20 PM

        i'm pretty sure they don't. If they don'tlook ripe to begin with, I don't buy them. They never get crispy-crunchy-sweet and good and tend to mold.

        1. ipsedixit RE: opinionatedchef May 26, 2010 09:38 PM

          No, cherries do not ripen off the tree. They only get softer, then mushy, then rotten.

          1. Paulustrious RE: opinionatedchef May 27, 2010 05:32 AM

            If you want to follow up on various fruits use the word 'climacteric' in your searches.

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              alkapal RE: Paulustrious May 27, 2010 06:36 AM

              here's a handy-dandy chart of climacteric and non-climacteric fruits.
              cherries are non-climacteric -- meaning their quality will not improve from the time of picking.

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                BobB RE: alkapal May 27, 2010 08:51 AM

                That sounds useful - could you link to it please?

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                  alkapal RE: BobB May 27, 2010 03:13 PM

                  oops, thanks, bobB! here 'tis:

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                    Paulustrious RE: alkapal May 27, 2010 03:27 PM

                    And as a not-entirely-trustworthy rule of thumb you are OK putting non-climacteric fruits in the fridge as they will not ripen any further.

                    For climacteric fruits you have to look at each on its own merits.

            2. visciole RE: opinionatedchef May 27, 2010 05:55 AM

              If they're not ripe enough to eat raw, I'm sure they'll be tasty in some baked good. Cherry pie, mmm!

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