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Sour Cherries at the market

t.susannah.chen May 30, 2010 11:41 PM

Has anyone spotted sour cherries in San Francisco yet? I've been on the prowl for them, but don't really know what they're supposed to look or taste like. (I'm attempting to make a sour cherry salsa and a cocktail out of them.) If you've seen them anywhere, I'd love to know where!

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    wally RE: t.susannah.chen May 30, 2010 11:58 PM

    It is still a bit early. There was a late spring this year.

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      dudesinmexico RE: t.susannah.chen May 31, 2010 10:23 AM

      Does anyone know what markets usually sell sour cherries in the Bay Area? Also, what are the local farms that grow these cherries? I am also wondering if any of these have u-pick-up days. I just came back from Italy, where I tasted many cakes and other baked desserts where sour cherry jam is used. It is so different from the very gelatinous and sweet canned sour cherry jam that you can buy in stores... so I would like to make some myself!

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        Robert Lauriston RE: dudesinmexico May 31, 2010 10:42 AM

        The fresh sour cherries around here are usually Montmorency and other amarelle varieties, I'm not sure Morellos grow here.

        I've seen dried and canned morello aka amarena cherries, jam, and jelly at Italian delis, supermarkets, and Trader Joe's. The other day I saw big jars of cherries at the Richmond Costco.

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          wally RE: Robert Lauriston May 31, 2010 06:09 PM

          I am almost positive that Lagier grows Morellos. They don't have a huge crop.

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            Robert Lauriston RE: wally Jun 1, 2010 08:52 AM

            Web site says they grow both Montmorency and Morello cherries. Season for both is May and June.


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              wally RE: Robert Lauriston Jun 1, 2010 11:32 AM

              They defintely haven't shown up yet.

      2. rabaja RE: t.susannah.chen May 31, 2010 03:37 PM

        Once they get here I think Lagier will have them. They are at the Sat Farmer Market at the Ferry Building.
        Little early yet, though.

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          Philip RE: rabaja Jun 23, 2010 10:14 PM

          Lagier had them the past two Saturdays. They doubt they will have them for a 3rd week, though.

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          Mola RE: t.susannah.chen Jun 24, 2010 04:41 PM

          Berkeley Bowl West had some on Tuesday 6/22 but they were a bit wrinkly and sad.

          Berkeley Bowl West
          920 Heinz Ave, Berkeley, CA

          1. CarrieWas218 RE: t.susannah.chen Jun 24, 2010 05:44 PM

            They are available dried at Rainbow.

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              SteveG RE: CarrieWas218 Jun 25, 2010 03:36 PM

              Just when I think I know all there is to know about Rainbow--what section are they in? Dried fruit fridge near the tofu & pesto? Are they sweetened or otherwise treated?

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                CarrieWas218 RE: SteveG Jun 25, 2010 08:40 PM

                Exactly where you first mentioned, Steve. You have to hunt for them because they tend to move around between those two open fridges. The last time I went, I couldn't find them near the pesto, but my friend found them in the 'fridge immediately to the left. I use them in Turkish cooking and they don't taste sweetened to me!

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                  fredder RE: CarrieWas218 Jul 6, 2010 11:38 PM


                  can you tell me how much a pound at the market and how much at the upick.

                  I will be in the area next week.


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