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39 Different Types of Cherries (List of Names & Varieties)

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Quicklist: Types of Cherries

  1. Dark Red Cherry
  2. Red Cherry
  3. Sour Cherry
  4. Sweet Cherry
  5. Yellow Cherry
  6. Attika Cherry
  7. Balaton Cherry
  8. Benton Cherry
  9. Bing Cherry
  10. Black Tartarian Cherry
  11. Chelan Cherry
  12. Coral Champagne Cherry
  13. Cowiche Cherry
  14. Early Richmond Cherry
  15. Early Robin Cherry
  16. Emperor Francis Cherry
  17. Evans Cherry
  18. Index Cherry
  19. Kiona Cherry
  20. Kordia Cherry
  21. Lambert Cherry
  22. Lapins Cherry
  23. Meteor Cherry
  24. Montmorency Cherry
  25. Morello Cherry
  26. North Star Cherry
  27. Queen (Royal) Anne Cherry
  28. Rainier Cherry
  29. Regina Cherry
  30. Santina Cherry
  31. Selah Cherry
  32. Skeena Cherry
  33. Stardust Cherry
  34. Stella Cherry
  35. Sweetheart Cherry
  36. Sylvia Cherry
  37. Tieton Cherry
  38. Tulare Cherry
  39. Van Cherry

Cherry trees are flowering plants, with stone fruit, that belong to the Rosaceae family. Sweet cherry and sour cherry cultivars, which normally do not cross-pollinate, originated in Europe and western Asia. There are more than 1,000 varieties worldwide.

A given cherry tree can produce up to 7,000 cherries per year, but will only begin yielding fruit three to four years after planting. The tree matures after seven years and some can still bear fruit at 100 years of age.

Commercially there are more than two million cherries produced each year with Turkey, the US, Uzbekistan, Chile and Iran, the leading producers.

Related: Sweet Cherry Tree | Sour Cherry Tree | Black Cherry Tree | Pin Cherry Tree | Cherry Pie Recipe | Cherry Cranberry Sauce Recipe | Characteristics of the Common Pear Tree

Cherries Nutrition Facts Chart

Cherries Nutrition Facts Chart

Basic Types of Cherries

Though there are many different classifications of cherries, many of the cherry varieties we’ll discuss below overlap into other classifications, as well. For example, most dark red cherries are sweet to taste, while many red cherries can be tart.

We’ll provide a basic overview below, with lists of the cherries that fall into each category, before diving into more in-depth information about each variety.

Dark Red Cherry

Dark red cherries

Dark red cherries tend to be sweet-tasting and juicy. The fruit can be eaten fresh after washing, or used in dishes to add sweetness.

Some dark red cherry varieties include the Attika cherry, the Chelan cherry, the Bing cherry, the Benton cherry, the Santina cherry, the Tieton cherry, the Skeena cherry, the Cowiche cherry, the Regina cherry, the Lapins cherry, the Kiona cherry, the Selah cherry, and the sweetheart cherry variety, among others.

Red Cherry

Red cherries in a white bowl over a rustic table.

When most people imagine or draw cherries, they think of them as being red in color. A few red cherry varieties include the Lambert cherry, the Montmorency cherry, and the Morella cherry.

Many of these cherry are tart or even sour in flavor, making them ideal for use in sweets and baked goods, like cherry pie. The tart varieties are also often pressed into juice or dried for use in cooking.

Sour Cherry

Sour Cherries in a tree.

“Sour cherry” is not just a flavor of candy — it’s also a variety of the fruit from which it gets its name. As stated previously, sour, or tart, cherries are the cherry type most often pressed into juice or dried for use in cooking.

Some types of sour cherries include the aptly named Montmorency tart cherry and the Morello cherry, though the Montmorency tart cherry is the more popular cherry variety of the two listed here.

Sweet Cherry

Sweet cherries

As mentioned previously, the majority of dark red cherries tend to have a sweet flavor. There are few things more satisfying than a handful of fresh cherries on a summer’s day, and a few popular sweet cherry varieties include the Bing cherry, the Benton cherry, and the Chelan cherry.

A few other cherry types tend to have a sweet flavor, as well. For example, the Rainier cherry, named for Washington state’s Mount Rainier, is a sweet cherry variety, as is the stardust cherry. Both these types of cherries are yellow in color, with a pink or red blush. 

Yellow Cherry

Yellow cherries

We discussed two types of yellow cherries above: the Rainier cherry and the stardust cherry. Both of these cherry varieties are sweet, and have a pink or red blush to their skin. Another yellow cherry variety is called the Early Robin cherry.

However, due to the lightness in color of yellow cherries, it’s difficult to hide bruises on the fruits. This is a benefit to anyone buying cherries, as they can see which have been damaged and which are in better shape.

Specific Cherry Types

Attika Cherry

The Attika cherry originated in the Czech Republic and eventually made its way into the U.S. The cherry trees typically bear fruit that is ready for harvesting in the mid- to late season. Attika cherry trees can be grown in USDA Zones 5-7.

Attika cherry fruit are dark red and taste sweet, with a crunchy and firm texture. The fruits of the tree are large, long, and heart-shaped. They are also durable, making them ideal for transport across long distances.

Balaton Cherry

Photo of blooming Balaton Cherry trees in spring on the hills of Balaton Uplands, Hungary, near lake Balaton.

Blooming cherry trees in the Balaton Uplands, near Lake Balaton, Hungary.

 

The history of Balaton cherries can be traced back to Hungary. They are used in traditional Hungarian Sour Cherry Soup. These sour cherries are characterized by a dark burgundy color — both the skin and the flesh.

It wasn’t until the 1980s that Dr. Amy Lezzoni introduced the Balaton cherry to the United States. She discovered it while exploring Hungary in search of tart cherry varieties that can withstand northern Michigan’s late freeze.

Most people can’t tell the difference between Balaton cherries and Montmorency tart cherries. If you are one of those people, here’s a hint: Balaton cherries are sweeter and firmer. Therefore, they are a baker’s best friend. They don’t lose their shape during cooking.

Benton Cherry

The Benton cherry tree is one of the few varieties that is self-pollinating. This is a hearty type of cherry tree that was developed at Washington State University. A Benton cherry tree requires full sunlight to flourish, blossom and bear fruit.

Benton cherry fruits are firm and medium to large in size. They bloom late in the cherry season and have a wonderful, sweet flavor with a great aftertaste.

Bing Cherry

A bowl of Bing cherries on top of a wood plank table.

A Bing cherry tree’s fruits are dark red and rather round, not to mention quite sweet. If you find cherries in a grocery store, they are quite likely to be this type of cherry. Bing cherries pack a lot of punch in their small size; the darker they are, the riper they are. 

Black Tartarian Cherry

Black Tartarian Cherry on bowl.

The Black Tartarian is a sweet cherry variety popular in home orchards. It produces a heart-shaped fruit, purplish-black in color. The fruits are ideal for fresh eating, though you can still preserve them.

You can also use the cherries in savory dishes and desserts. This variety of sweet cherries originated in Russia and was introduced in the U.S. in the early 1800s.

In the past, people would refer to the black Tartarian tree as the Large Black Heart, judging by its fruit. It takes three to four years for this tree to bear fruits, but it makes up for that by producing long into old age.

Chelan Cherry

The Chelan cherry, a hybrid cultivar, originated at Washington State University in the 1990s. The fruit of this type of cherry tree is dark red in color, almost black, leading to its nickname, the “black cherry.”

These cherry fruits are heart-shaped and round and are resistant to cracking, which means that they are both visually appealing and have a longer shelf life than other types of cherries.

Chelan cherries taste mild and sweet, and they ripen in mid-June, making them one of the earliest types overall to be ready for harvesting. They are made up of almost 20 percent sugar and have a wonderful flavor, making them perfect for a variety of dishes.

Coral Champagne Cherry

You can already guess from the name that this sweet cherry is quite a sight to behold. It produces large glossy fruits that will catch your eye from a distance.

They are sweet and low-acid. The exact origin of this cherry remains unknown. There is a possibility that it resulted from a cross between two cherry selections in an experimental orchard.

They are pretty popular for commercial production, but they are just as good for a home orchard. The tree size makes it easy for adults and kids to pick the cherries. It is worth noting that this cultivar is self-unfruitful. Therefore, if you plant it in your orchard, you will need another variety to pollinate it and yield fruit.

Cowiche Cherry

Cowiche cherries have a dark red skin and a firm, strong flavor. The fruit of this cherry tree variety blossoms and matures in mid- to late-season. Cowiche cherries were bred at Washington State University and released for planting in 2007. Many describe the flavor of a Cowiche cherry to be “intense.”

Early Richmond Cherry

The Early Richmond cherry tree is a sour variety that originated in England in the early 1500s. Some people call it the Old Kentish cherry.

Thanks to early settlers, the cherry found its way to America. It soon became popular, especially due to its ability to thrive in various growing conditions. That explains why you can find this cherry variety in most areas of the country.

Like the black Tartarian, the early Richmond cherry takes three to four years to yield fruit. Besides producing fruit, the tree is also ornamental — it is a giant beauty that can grow up to 25 feet, so it will stand out in your garden.

Early Robin Cherry

The Early Robin cherry fruits have a skin that is yellow in color with red tints. The plants bloom in the early part of the cherry season. Early Robin cherries are medium in size and heart-shaped, and their flavor is strong and sweet. 

Emperor Francis Cherry

Emperor Francis Cherry fruits.

What a catchy name for a cherry variety. This cherry tree originated in the United Kingdom around the early 1900s. But it wasn’t until the 1990s that it became a vital variety — thanks to its self-fertile feature.

But you must plant another Emperor Francis cherry tree near it for pollination. If you want to cross it with another variety, ensure it’s a sweet cherry variety, but avoid Bing cherries.

It’s a beautiful tree that sprouts white flowers. The fruits are sweet — almost as sweet as candy. They also don’t crack. They are perfect for cooking and preserving. You can also use them to make homemade maraschino cherries. Or you could eat them raw, on their own or with something like yogurt or fruit salad.

Evans Cherry

Evans Cherry fruits.

Some people call it Evans cherry, and others call it Bali cherry or even Evans/Bali cherry. Whichever name you fancy for this sour cherry variety, its origins are in Canada near Edmonton, Alberta. As you would guess from its country of origin, it does well in colder climates.

The Evans cherry tree is naturally dwarf, only growing to a maximum height of eight feet. Yet, it produces lots of fruit, which are ready in August. The fruit sour, perfect for tarts, pies, and jams — this explains why this tree is known as the pie cherry tree.

Index Cherry

Index cherries bloom in the early cherry season and offer a sweet, good flavor and firm texture. This type of cherry is medium to large in size, and has a skin that is dark red in color with bright red flesh inside.

The Index cherry is one of the self-fertilizing cherry tree varieties, and makes an excellent cross-pollinator for other early-blooming cherry trees varieties.

Kiona Cherry

Kiona cherries are dark red, conical in shape, and have a delicious, sweet taste. This type of cherry is an early bloomer that originated in Washington State. Fun fact: the Kiona cherry was originally named the St. Helens cherry.

Kordia Cherry

Kordia Cherry fruits.

Kordia is a sweet cherry variety originating in the Czech Republic, around 1991. It is popular with both commercial growers and gardeners.

The tree produces glossy, dark heart-shaped cherries with just the perfect acidic and sweet balance. The fruit are also larger (averaging 28 mm). Besides, they are incredibly firm, making them ideal for trade since they can be stored for several days.

The fruit are also pretty resistant to cracking during the rainy season. Thanks to the tree’s long stem, it is quite easy to harvest Kordia cherries.

Lambert Cherry

Lambert cherries

Originating in Oregon around 1848, Lambert cherries are bright red in color. These cherries are late bloomers, with a sweet and rich flavor and a wonderfully juicy fruit.

The shape of the fruit can either be round or long and heart-shaped. Lambert cherry trees are a hardy variety of cherry tree that flourishes in the Pacific Northwest.

Lapins Cherry

Lapins Cherries on a green checkered cloth.

The Lapins cherry is a dark red type of cherry with a lovely, sweet flavor and firm texture. Originating in Canada in 1984, this variety is quite large in size and round in shape, and is resistant to splitting.

Lapins cherry tree blossoms are white, and as they tend to almost completely cover the tree, are attractive to pollinators of all kinds.

Meteor Cherry

The history of the Meteor cherry began in 1952 at the University of Minnesota. This sour variety is a cross between Montmorency and Russian seedling. Thie tree does well in various conditions, so you can find it in several regions across the United States.

It is characterized by an upright growth pattern, but you have to trim it to maintain its small shape. Its short stature makes it popular with gardeners since it doesn’t take up much space.

Due to their tartness, Meteor cherries are loved by bakers worldwide. You can also use the cherries for juicing. If you have a Meteor cherry tree in your garden, consider leaving some berries behind. These will attract birds, giving you a show.

Montmorency Cherry

Montmorency cherries

The Montmorency tart cherry has a sour taste that makes the fruit ideal for use in making pastries, smoothies, and even trail mixes.

You can also find Montmorency cherries in crisps and other dishes. Consuming this cherry variety has been known to help with muscle pain and other types of pain relief, as well.

Morello Cherry

Morello cherries

If you love cherry pie, it’s most likely that the cherries used in the pie filling are Morello cherries. They are not dry like some other types, with a richness and unique consistency that make them perfect for pies and crisps alike.

These types of cherries are juicy and filled with nutrients, making them a healthier choice to add to your next dessert.

North Star Cherry

North Star Cherry fruits.

The North Star cherry has one of the most fascinating histories as far as cherries are concerned. The University of Minnesota developed it as a cross between the English Morello and Serbian Pie No. 1. This project was completed in 1950, and the North Star has been a favorite for many since then.

Notably, the North Star is a sour cherry tree that can grow up to 10 feet tall. Both the skin and the flesh of North Star cherries are deep red. During spring, the tree produces bright white flowers.

Queen (Royal) Anne Cherry

Royal Anne, or Queen Anne, cherry trees require a temperate climate to flourish, one where temperatures never dip below ten degrees Fahrenheit. They can produce up to 50 pounds of cherries per season.

Queen Anne cherries taste more tart than sweet. With their red and gold color, this type of cherry looks quite similar to Rainier cherries. Royal Anne cherries are usually soaked in sweetener and salt, which makes them perfect for use in both baking and any number of other dishes.

With their perfect sweet-and-sour taste, Royal Anne cherries are both delicious and versatile.

Rainier Cherry

Rainier cherries in a rattan basket.

Grown near Mount Rainier, this cherry is sweet and flavorful and appears red and yellow in color. Rainier cherries tend to be more watery than the dark, sweet cherry varieties are, and have a creamy flesh.

You can use this type of cherry to make cherry salads, though you can find dozens of other recipes that use them, as well. The Rainier cherry is a truly versatile and tasty type of cherry you’ll fall in love with easily.

Regina Cherry

Regina cherries are dark red in color and prefer cooler climates. Originating in Germany around 1981 they are extremely large with square shoulders.

This cherry cultivar is such a dark red that they appear almost black in color, similar to the “black cherry,” or the Chelan cherry. Regina cherries have a sweet but mild flavor and a crunchy texture, blossoming late in the cherry season.

Santina Cherry

Santina cherries are dark red and originated in British Columbia in the 1970s. A Santina cherry tree is self-fertile however its harvest will be more plentiful if another sweet cherry tree variety is planted nearby.

The Santina cherry fruit is low in acid, and has a firm texture and sweet taste. They are long, slightly flat, heart-shaped cherries with a high luster and a deep-red flesh.

Selah Cherry

Originating in Washington state, Selah cherries bloom in early- to mid-season and are dark red in color. This variety is large and sweet-tasting.

Skeena Cherry

Originating in Canada, a Skeena cherry is a late bloomer and large in size. They are sweet, firm and crunchy in texture, and usually appear either round or kidney-shaped.

Stardust Cherry

The skin of stardust cherries appears yellow with a red blush. Originating in Canada, around 1985, stardust cherries are large, flat, and heart-shaped.

They have a mild, sweet flavor and a firm texture. This cherry cultivar is a late bloomer, and has skin that is almost clear with creamy-white flesh.

Stella Cherry

Stella Cherry fruits.

Did you know that Stella cherries were the first named variety of self-pollinating sweet cherries? Although they were developed in British Columbia in 1956, they were only named and released in 1968. Their popularity quickly grew, especially in the U.K.

The Stella tree does particularly well in small gardens — since you only need one plant anyway because they are self-fertile. The cherries are deep red, heart-shaped berries, which you can pick in summer. Many gardeners love this tree because it is low-maintenance and does well in a wide variety of soil types.

Sweetheart Cherry

Sweetheart cherries on a wood plank table.

Originating in Canada, the bright red cherries have a mild, sweet flavor and a firm texture. Sweetheart cherries are round to heart-shaped, and their medium size includes dark- or bright-red flesh.

The cherry trees are self-pollinating with pink and white blossoms.

Sylvia Cherry

Sylvia shares a history with Stella. They were both raised in British Columbia, Canada. However, Sylvia was released several years after Stella, in 1987. Although this cherry tree is normally self-fertile, it tends to do better with a pollination partner.

Varieties like Stella and Summer Sun cherry would be a perfect match. The Sylvia cherry tree is so compact that you can grow it in a container. Should you grow it in a container, consider placing some stones at the base before planting to aid drainage.

Sylvia cherries are usually large and dark red. They are known to be sweet and juicy. This tree produces pure white flowers during the spring, coloring the garden beautifully.

Tieton Cherry

Tieton cherries originated in Washington State and are quite large in size. The fruit has thick skin and a glossy appearance. A Tieton cherry is mild and sweet in taste, with a firm texture. 

Tulare Cherry

Tulare cherries, cousins of the Bing cherry, taste more tart than their cousins. The juicy fruit can’t be transported long distances as they often split open during transit. 

Van Cherry

Originating in the mid-1940s in Summerland, B.C., Canada, the Van cherry has a sweet flavor and firm texture.  The fruit ripens in the mid-season.

Van cherries are dark red in color and medium in size, with a shape that is round or heart-shaped. The cherries make a lovely snack, and frequently star in jams, jellies, and sauces. A hardy plant it is one of the parent varieties of the Lapins Cherry.

Finding the Best Type of Cherries for Your Needs

Photo of mother and daughter in kitchen making a cherry pie

The Best Cherries for Pie

Some pie recipes call for sour cherries, while others ask for sweet fruit. The best sour cherries to use for pies are Morello and Amarelle cherries, especially the Montmorency variety. Sour cherries usually aren’t sold fresh in grocery stores, which means you may have to purchase canned fruit. 

You’ll find plenty of fresh options if you’re looking for sweet cherries, especially if you plan on making your pie when they are in season.

Rainier and Bing’s cherries are the most popular sweet cherries for pies, but you can also use Chelan. The latter are sweet but have a milder flavor that works well in a sugary pie.

The Best Cherries for Jam

Delicate, golden-colored Rainier cherries are a fantastic choice if you’re making a sweet jam. Not only are they large, but the fruit has a high sugar content. Bing cherries, which are rich and dark red, are another sweet option. 

If you’d prefer a jam that’s a little more tart, Morello and Montmorency cherries can both work well, but they can be difficult to find. Tart cherries have a short season, which makes them hard to find fresh. You can get the best of both worlds if you opt for black cherries, a sweet cherry with fewer natural sugars.

The Best Cherries for Black Forest Cake

While Black Forest Cake recipes can vary, recipes can be made with both canned and fresh cherries. Cake recipes typically call for other cherry ingredients as well, such as cherry syrup and brandy. Both sweet and sour cherries can be used depending on your preferences. 

When you’re choosing fresh cherries for a cake, it’s best to look for cherries in a darker shade. Bing, Santina, Benton, and Chelan cherries are all excellent options. Sour cherry varieties, like Montmorency, can help to offset the sweetness of the chocolate cake. 

The Best Cherries for Baking

The ideal cherries for baking will vary based on the dish that you’re preparing. It’s common to use canned cherries when making tarts and pies, but fresh cherries can be used as well. Deep, dark Amarena cherries are one of the best choices for cheesecake, brownies and cupcakes.

For pastries, it’s common to use brined cherries including cherries that have been soaked in liqueur-like drunken cherries or Maraschino cherries. Brined cherries can last for a long time, which is why they’re also a popular option for professional bakeries.

The Best Cherries for Drinks

Cherries are a popular garnish for cocktails as well as non-alcoholic beverages. While Maraschino cherries tend to be the go-to for drinks, there are many other types of cherries you can use as well, such as Balaton, Amareno and French Morello cherries.

Just add a cherry or two to your drink, and you’re ready to go.

You can use fresh cherries for beverages, but pre-pitted canned or jarred cherries are an easier option. Many cocktail cherries are soaked in some sort of liqueur, giving them a rich flavor.

If you’re preparing a sugary drink, it can be helpful to use a sour cherry, like a Morello, to offset the sweetness of the beverage. 

The Best Cherries for Smoothies

Cherry smoothie

Even though cherries are often high in natural sugars, they offer amazing health benefits. Most cherries are low in calories and are packed with vitamins, including potassium, fiber, and antioxidants.

In addition, cherries are a source of choline, a water-soluble nutrient that’s important for healthy brain function. 

Tossing a handful of pitted cherries into a smoothie can enrich your smoothie with vitamins and minerals. Frozen cherries are a particularly great option for smoothies, but if you’d prefer to use fresh cherries, both sweet and sour cherries can work well, depending on your preferences.

Cherries to consider include Bing, Rainier, Montmorency, Chelan and English Morello cherries.

Boxes of freshly picked Lapins cherries in orchard.

Frequently Asked Questions

When Are Cherries in Season? When Are Rainier Cherries in Season?

When cherries are in season will depend wholly on where you live, but they are a summer fruit, which means that in the Northern Hemisphere, particularly the United States, it is from mid-May until the end of August. July is generally considered the best month for cherries in terms of availability.

Rainier cherries are available from June to early August, possibly mid-May if you are in California, so the season is short. The first Rainier cherries are typically pricey, so if you can hang on until June and July when they are more plentiful, then instead, try that.

How Are Cherries Grown? How Are Cherries Harvested? How Are Cherries Pitted?

Sweet cherries are grown in USDA hardiness zones 5 to 7 on bush-type trees, or they are fan-trained against a wall. The second option takes up less space. They need well-drained fertile soil and approximately eight hours of sunlight per day.

Sweet cherry trees are not self-pollinating, so you will need to buy two to three different types of complementary cherry trees for any success. They are not small garden projects and require attention, pruning and regular watering.

On the other hand, sour cherry trees grow in USDA hardiness zones 4 to 6, which are self-pollinating, meaning that you only need one for the tree to bear fruit. These tart cherries are more suited to preserving and for tarts than eating fresh.

Cherries are harvested fully ripe on the stem by hand or with shears. Pulling the fruit off the tree too hard may damage the woody fruit spurs needed intact if you want cherries again next year.

Keeping your cherries on the stem means they stay fresher for longer and are less likely to bruise when you pick them because you are not handling the fruit itself. The fruits must be picked ripe as they will not ripen further after picking, and picking will happen several times in a season, not just once.

To detect ripeness, you should taste sweet cherries, but they will be firm and nicely colored visually. If your cherries are ripe and rain is imminent, do not put off harvesting them, as the rain may cause them to split. Ripe sour cherries will fall off the stem.

You can pit cherries with a pitting tool, but if you don’t have one handy, then straws or chopsticks work just as well. Push your chopstick or straw through the top of the cherry where the stem was.

You’ll feel the pit as you push, and if you keep going, the pit should pop out of the bottom of the cherry into the handy bowl you’ve placed there to catch the pits.

Where Do Cherries Grow?

Cherries grow throughout the world in certain areas, but predominantly in the Northern hemisphere in states like Washington, Oregon, Wisconsin, Michigan, and California in America, large parts of England, and extensively in East Asia. Cherries are also widely available, particularly sour cherries in Poland and Turkey.

That reminds me that there is a photo of me awkwardly standing behind a small flatbed truck full of cherries in the streets of Istanbul, much to the amusement of the locals.

You see, as much as I love cherries, they are rather hard to come by in my area, which made this large vehicle filled to the brim with cherries such a delightful sight.

Can You Freeze Cherries? Can You Freeze Fresh Cherries? Can You Freeze Cherries With Pits?

Yes, you can freeze cherries and whether it is with the pit or not is a purely personal preference. If you are in a hurry, you can do it with the pit in. The generally accepted way of freezing cherries goes like this:

  • Remove the stem and any bruised cherries
  • Wash them gently and blot them dry.
  • Place them on a cookie sheet with wax or baking paper spaced out to prevent clumping and flash freeze them for a few hours before transferring them to a Ziploc bag.
  • You can return them to the freezer afterward for later use.
  • Generally, use your frozen cherries within six months, but you can go a little longer.

I prefer the extra effort of removing the pit before freezing, especially if I make smoothies with them in the future. In the beginning, a little bit of effort means less effort later.

You can freeze bruised cherries if you aren’t planning to defrost them and eat them whole and fresh. Bruised cherries work well for jams, preserves, smoothies, or ice cream.

How Long Do Cherries Last in the Fridge?

Cherries will last seven to 10 days in the fridge. Please don’t wash them until you want to eat them, as this will preserve their lifespan. Separate any overripe or moldy cherries from the container, the latter of which you can throw away.

What Is the Best Way to Store Cherries?

The best way to store cherries depends on what you use them for. If you eat them quickly and don’t like them cold, you can store your cherries on a kitchen counter in a cool area.

However, I prefer the fridge between layers of paper towels because they will last longer than on the counter. Also, I like my fruit cold. If you have too many cherries, then freezing them until you need them is the best option.

What to Do With Dried Cherries?

The best thing to do with dried cherries, besides eating them from a packet or jar, is to use them for cooking and baking. There are many recipes out there that call for dried cherries.

If you are willing to experiment and don’t like raisins, you can use them as substitutes in recipes that call for raisins or dried cranberries, such as granola, trail mix, and nougat. The internet is littered with dried cherry recipes

Are Cherries Good for You? How Many Calories Are in Cherries?

Yes, cherries are very good for you. These fruits are small but mighty when it comes to vitamins and nutrients. They contain fiber, Vitamin C, and potassium. One cup of pitted cherries, approximately 154 grams, is about 97 calories, which is not much.

Additionally, they are rich in antioxidants, have anti-inflammatory properties, and offer the benefit of promoting heart health.

Do Cherries Have Fiber, Carbs, Protein, Iron, Potassium, And/or Antioxidants?

Yes, cherries contain fiber, carbohydrates (carbs), potassium, and antioxidants. They do contain iron, about 0.3mg per 100grams and 1.06mg of protein per 100grams.

Cherries are delicious and nutritious. You can’t go wrong; they may even form part of a healthy diet for those with diabetes.

Do Cherries Contain Melatonin? How Much Melatonin Is in Cherries?

Yes, all cherries contain melatonin, but the amount will vary depending on the cherry type. Tart cherries generally contain more melatonin than sweet cherries. The Montgomery cherry contains the most melatonin, approximately 0.13 nanograms per gram of cherry.

Cherries also contain something called tryptophan. This means that cherries or cherry juice may help improve your sleep patterns and quality if incorporated as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Why Are Cherries So Expensive?

Cherries are expensive because their season is short, and these fruits are hard to grow and transport, especially when fresh. They are cheapest in July, so for bulk buying and canning, that is the month to be on the lookout for cherries.

How Many Cherries Are in a Cup?

There are two measures for a cup of cherries. One is 137grams of pitted cherries, and the other is 153 grams of pitted cherries. The difference in calories is minimal, but if you want to be spot on, it is better to weigh them per 100 grams.

When to Plant Ground Cherries?

It would help if you aimed to plant ground cherries, also known as cape gooseberries after the risk of frost has passed — these cherries like warm ground, plenty of sun, and moderate temperatures that aren’t too cold.

Ground cherries will tolerate light shade but prefer full sun. They can be grown from seeds or seedlings and transplanted into the garden or raised beds with good drainage.

Do Cherries Stain Your Teeth? Do Cherries Stain Clothes?

Yes, cherries can stain your teeth and your clothes. Many darker berries contain pigmentation prone to staining, but it is not usually severe, and a good tooth cleaning will remove any staining.

Plenty of DIY remedies remove stains from clothing, so you can still enjoy your favorite fruit without too much trouble or staining your favorite white tee.

Which Cherries Are the Sweetest?

That’s a tough one because I love a tart cherry, but the answer is a newer cherry called the Skylar Rae Cherry, which measures an average of about 22-25 Brix on the sweetness scale but can go up to 32 Brix.

The story behind this cherry is bittersweet, pulling on the heartstrings, so if you come across this cherry, consider yourself lucky, as only about 600 tons are produced yearly.