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Sour Cherries

rosaleenb Mar 24, 2012 08:53 AM

Anyone know where I can buy frozen sour cherries? Hankering for a pie.

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    TopoTail RE: rosaleenb Mar 24, 2012 11:46 AM

    I've been wondering about this for a long time. Grew up in Detroit, and we had a Montmorency tree in the back yard. We would freeze about 20 quarts of cherries every summer, and my mom would make pies throughout the year. I've never understood why it's so hard to find frozen sour cherries.

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      miss louella RE: rosaleenb Mar 24, 2012 02:07 PM

      The Oakmont produce market in Mountain View has them. Don't remember the price though. The market's at Central AVE and Moffett Blvd. Good luck!

      1. rlh RE: rosaleenb May 29, 2012 01:34 PM

        In the Boston area, we get them frozen from Poland and Hungary at a Russian-oriented supermarket - and they are awesome.

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          Mrhanson RE: rosaleenb May 30, 2012 10:12 PM

          Rose Market in Mountain View had boxes of fresh sour cherries last year about this time. Might be worth a call...

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            GailC RE: rosaleenb Oct 19, 2012 01:19 PM

            It's very hard to find frozen sour cherries anywhere, even Michigan. You can substitute dry cherries just compensate for the sugar added to them. And don't even try to find unsweetened dried sour cherries because they are tasteless.

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              mdg RE: GailC Oct 21, 2012 12:40 AM

              The unsweetened dried tart cherries available at C.J. Olson in Sunnyvale are wonderful, and the furthest thing from tasteless. I'm not a pie baker so I don't know how they work in pies; I use them in savory dishes like Persian rice dishes and for snacking. They have sweetened dried tart cherries too.

              I'm a Michigan native and these make me very happy. Now if I could ever find those black sweet cherries they grow near T.C. out here...


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                GailC RE: mdg Oct 21, 2012 06:55 AM

                I'm living in Virginia these days and I never buy sweet cherries here because they just can't compare to Michigan (TC) cherries. It's sad, but also true of the apples here. Michigan is a true fruit basket state.
                Are you sure that those dried cherries at C.J. Olson are actually unsweetened? Most dried cherries are dried with some sugar added, unless it specified they are unsweetened they probably have sugar on them. Let me know please because I'm always looking for good unsweetened ones.

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                  mdg RE: GailC Oct 21, 2012 03:04 PM

                  Yes, these are unsweetened. Olson sells both sweetened and unsweetened dried tart cherries. You can order the unsweetened ones at


                  The Santa Clara Valley is one of the world's best areas for growing stone fruit, as the few remaining orchards like Andy's demonstrate. Olson's fresh Bing cherries from the Sunnyvale orchard are my favorite sweet cherries of all, even more so than the Michigan sweet cherries (which I like a lot).


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              jaiko RE: rosaleenb Oct 19, 2012 04:21 PM

              According to Cook's Illustrated/America's Test Kitchen:
              "...We rounded up six contenders—fresh sweet cherries, frozen sweet cherries, canned sweet cherries, jarred sour cherries, frozen sour cherries, and canned sour cherries—and made cobbler fillings with each one.

              Although most of these cherry products made a cobbler filling that looked good, only one -- jarred Morello cherries from Trader’s Joe -- made a filling that tasted good. We loved their deep ruby red color, tart flavor, and plump and meaty texture. In fact, these cherries delivered bracing flavor and a great chew right out of the jar."

              This was at least a year ago, so I don't know if they carry this all year round, or only at certain times. HTH.

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                TopoTail RE: jaiko Oct 19, 2012 04:30 PM

                The Middle East Market (2054 San Pablo @ University in Berkeley) has frozen sour cherries. They're expensive ($6 or $8 for two pounds) but I've been meaning to attempt a pie using them.

                I think Trader Joe's always has the jarred cherries, but I'm dubious about them making a good cherry pie.

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                  Robert Lauriston RE: TopoTail Oct 20, 2012 11:12 AM

                  I think Persian markets (which Middle East is) usually have those.

                  I'd give the Cook's Illustrated recipe a try, those TJ cherries are delicious.

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                  GailC RE: jaiko Oct 20, 2012 01:52 PM

                  I beg to differ with Cook's Illustrated on this one. Canned sour cherries do not taste as good as good dried sour cherries. This was not a banner year for Michigan cherries but this company ships and the price is incredible: http://www.cherrybayorchards.com/drie... I buy 6 to 8 four pound boxes when I visit Michigan in the summer.

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                    Robert Lauriston RE: GailC Oct 21, 2012 02:01 PM

                    The German Morello cherries Trader Joe's sells are tastier than any domestic canned sour cherries I've had, though I haven't compared dried Balatons.

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