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Jul 11, 2011 05:44 PM

Sour cherries - can they be found anywhere in the valley?

I'm on a quest to find sour cherries to create my own Maraschino cherries for cocktails I mix. However, I need sour cherries because I've been told Bing and Ranier are too sweet and they don't turn out right. I've seen this being just a little past the optimal time of year to find them. Any assistance, farmers markets, anyplace I might go?

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  1. The marasca cherry is the original one used for Maraschino cherries, but they're impossible to find; I am told Royal Anne cherries are usually used. The Marasca is a variant of the Morello, which you may be able to find. Similar is the Montmorency, the "pie cherry."