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Sour cherry season?

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Has anyone seen sour cherries yet this year? From previous years' posts it looks like it's usually later in July but I haven't had a chance to get to JTM lately and I don't want to miss 'em!

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  1. I'm pretty sure they had them at either Nino's or Chez Louis on Friday - I remember seeing a basket of them on display as I was on my way out, but I didn't see them at any other stands, so they may not be local.

    Chez Louis
    150 Rue Saint-Georges, Drummondville, QC J2C4H1, CA

    1. I say some last Tuesday at a stand near the north end, I think it was the one that has all the berries, but I'm not sure. And I don't know if they were local, didn't inquire further, not a sour cherry fan.

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      1. re: sweettoothMTL

        I'm not much of a fan either, but did buy some on Saturday from what is probably the same stand (wide variety of berries, fancy grapes, multicoloured tomatoes) and was told they were local. (Specific location was mentioned but I promptly forgot.)

      2. Saw some sour cherries on Thursday in Atwater market,near the center. The lady called them "ground" cherries, apparently because they grow on the ground. Who knew? Also, she said they are not local, actually she said almost none of the produce is local yet.

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        1. re: teflontom

          Sour cherries (Prunus cerasus) grow on trees and are related to other pit fruit like peaches, apricots, plums and even almonds. Ground cherries (Physalis peruviana), aka "cerises de terre," are a different beast. They're members of the nightshade family and related to tomatillos and Chinese lanterns.

          ExoFruits on CDN had sour cherries from Ontario on Saturday. The season's short. Carpe diem.

          1. re: carswell

            Thanks for the clarification, that explains the paper husks. We were looking for the tiny sweet ones, but the vendor told us they were not yet available.

        2. I saw some wonderful looking sour cherries at Marche Fermier in the Plateau. http://marchefermier.ca/site/a-propos...

          1. OK, me again - on the hunt for this year's sour cherries. Has anyone seen them yet?

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            1. re: stak

              Noticed Ontario sour cherries at one fruit store on the south end, a few doors east of Nino.

              1. re: Daiya

                ^^ at Jean-Talon Market a couple days ago

                Jean-Talon Market
                7075 Avenue Casgrain, Montreal, QC H2S, CA

                1. re: Daiya

                  Thanks! I went yesterday and got some very nice ones at Louis. Saw some at Nino too. My first batch of jam is made! Now to get some to freeze...

            2. Me again, looking for this year's crop of sour cherries. After a few years off I want to make jam again! Has anyone seen them yet this year?

              1. Started picking this week.

                1. Hey! I have a good recipe for Sour Cherry Gin Sling that needs to be done. Thanks for reminding me!

                  For the curious:

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                  1. re: CaptCrunch

                    Yum, looks good. I may try the syrup recipe just to mix with soda water. Saw sour cherries at the market near cote des neiges metro today. Small basket for $3 but they look nice. First day for them.

                    1. re: stak

                      Its a recipe I really wanted to try. I'd see it working for an italian style soda (diabolo) with simply the syrup.

                  2. Bought 1 pound of sour cherries last saturday at a Marché Atwater stall for 7$.

                    Tried my cocktail also. Apart from packing a hell of a wallop in a very sneaky way, I'd try to make it denser (reduce the cherry juice a bit more, add less water to the juice) and sweeter (I could have doubled the sugar...) if I try it again (which I don't think I will). It wasn't bad but it wasn't memorable.