Friday, August 5, 2011

"Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries!"

Rainier Cherries, that is!

















Rainier Cherries are all over the place here in the Pacific Northwest. 'Tis the season! Of course, I had never had a Rainier Cherry, so we stopped at a farm stand and bought a basket. They are so large, and sweet, and juicy. I quickly became addicted and have been buying them wherever we go.

Developed in 1952 at Washington State University, they are a cross between a Bing Cherry and a Van cultivar. The result was this large golden, reddish, orangish cherry with sweet golden flesh. They're just so yummy, and so darn sweet! Thankfully the season was later than usual this year due to the cool spring weather. Lucky for me!

I wonder if they would grow in Oklahoma? Nah. Too hot probably. Might be worth a try though. Hmmmm...

5 comments:

Annamarie Theuret said...

Thank you Cathy for the comment on my blog! I love your post about these Rainier Cherries! Reminds me when we had a huge cherry tree in the back yard. Supplied us with enough cherry pie for the whole year! It got tackeled by the wind one year and we lost it.

Do you have a Twitter handle?

Thanks again,
Annamarie Theuret

Cathy said...

Hi Annamarie,

My Twitter handle is lavenday.

I just got home from Washington and our sour cherry tree is completely burnt. Guess it's a goner. No amount of watering is going to bring it back I'm afraid. They seem to be a weak and persnickity sort!

Looking forward to your blog posts!

Cathy

Cat said...

Yummy! We're picking up 18 lbs of organic Rainiers in our Azure Standard order at the Wichita Falls site on Saturday. Can't wait! Sure wish they did grow here in OK.

Cathy said...

Hi Cat! What a great way to get Rainier cherries in our area! I didn't know you could do that. I know they will be delish. After I'd pretty much eaten my weight in cherries I did put them in a fruit salad with local organic peaches, blueberries, and strawberries. I liked them every which way! Enjoy!
Cathy

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