The three types of cherries include sweet (Prunus avium), sour (P. cerasus), and wild (P. avium). Sweet cherries are usually large and heart-shaped. They include the deep-burgundy colored Bing, Lambert, and Tartarian, common in the United States, and the yellow varieties, usually blushed with red, called Royal Ann, Rainier, or Napoleon. Royal Ann cherries are the ones specially processed, dyed red, and sold as maraschino cherries. Other sweet cherry varieties include the Bigaroon and Gean. Sour varieties, favored for use in pies and preserves, include the brilliant red Montmorency and the smaller Morello.
Preparation, Uses, & Tips
Cherries are delicious eaten fresh, and in cobblers, turnovers, pies, and fruitcake. Use them to make jams, compotes, and sorbets, or add to ice cream, yogurt, and puddings. They can be candied, dried, cooked, preserved, or macerated in alcohol. Dry sour cherries make a good addition when cooking hot cereal. Chocolate-covered cherries are a favorite, and candied cherries are prepared for Black Forest cake. Cherries are also used to make kirsch and other liqueurs.
Cherries (with pits, sweet, raw), 1 cup (117g)
- Calories: 74
- Protein: 1g
- Carbohydrate: 19g
- Total Fat: 0g
- Fiber: 2g
*Excellent Source of: Vitamin C (8.19mg)