Can I substitute sweet cherries for sour cherries?

Asked By: Tomasz Orbezua | Last Updated: 8th June, 2020
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What kind of Cherries? For this cherry pie filling recipe, you can use either sweet cherries for a sweet cherry pie or tart cherries for a sour cherry pie. As you'll see in the recipe, the only difference between them is the amount of sugar and lemon juice.

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Likewise, what can I use instead of sour cherries?

Key limes are different from regular lines, and while similar, do have a different flavor profile, just like cherries. If you don't have access to sour cherries, wait until they come back in season and make a different fruit pie in meantime.

Likewise, can you substitute fresh cherries for dried cherries? Frozen cherries can be substituted for fresh cherries in most recipes. Dried cherries, usually made from sour cherries, are called for in recipes for cookies, savory, cold weather meaty dishes, and fall and winter salads.

Likewise, are pie cherries the same as sour cherries?

Tart cherries, which are sometimes called sour, red cherries, or pie cherries are best known as the key ingredient in desserts.

How can you tell the difference between sweet and sour cherries?

Sour cherries are not sweet and luscious when munched raw. They are tart and also look different from sweet cherries. They tend to be smaller and have flesh that is softer. These cherries become delicious, however, when cooked with sugar or honey in pies, jams and relishes.

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Where can I buy fresh sour cherries?

Your best place to find them would be at farmers' markets and at retail locations that make a point of sourcing local produce. Huge tubs of refrigerated fresh pitted cherries are seasonally available at some grocers and supermarkets.

When can you buy sour cherries?

Like their sweeter counterparts, sour cherries are only around for a couple of months in May and June, when we fill our tote bags with them. But unlike their sweeter counterparts, they're too acidic to eat fresh out of hand, unless you like to pucker up.

What are dried sour cherries?

Dried tart cherries are a sweet, tart, and flavorful treat that is great for snacking, cooking, and baking. Our delicious tart Montmorency cherries are rich in antioxidants and nutrients that support heart health and reduce inflammation. Try our sour cherries straight out of the bag, in trail mix, or in baked goods.

Where can I find tart cherries?

Montmorency tart cherries are harvested in July, but you probably won't find them fresh unless you live in one of the growing regions, so be sure to look for them in the frozen food aisle, on the shelf in packages of dried tart cherries, or in bottles as 100% juice or juice concentrate.

Can cherries in water?


Cherries may be canned in water, apple juice, white-grape juice, or syrup. Hot pack – In a large saucepan add ½ cup water, juice, or syrup for each quart of drained fruit and bring to boil. Fill jars with cherries and cooking liquid, leaving ½-inch headspace.

Does Trader Joes have cherries?

We're selling each eight-ounce bag of Trader Joe's Dried Montmorency Cherries for $4.99.

What are Morello cherries used for?

Montmorency cherries are the most common variety. They have bright red skin and beige, juicy flesh. Morello cherries are more common in Europe. They are dark red and extremely tart, and their blood-red juice is often used for making liqueurs.

Are Morello cherries tart?

Tart cherries are very juicy and pleasantly acid, making them superior for cooking compared to their sweet cherry relative. Tart cherries are classified into two major groupings, morello and amarelle. Morello cherries, such as Balaton®, have red pigment in the fruit skin and throughout the flesh.

Why are my cherries sour?

In short, sour cherries hold their shape better when baked (no one loves a gloppy cherry pie) and their tartness allows bakers to adjust the sweetness of the recipes to suit their tastes. They don't show up often in grocery stores because they're so delicate, bruise easily, and have an extremely short shelf life.

What cherries are best for baking?


Sweet cherries are fine for baking, too (you wouldn't need as much sugar or starch), but they're really meant to be eaten out of hand. Sweet cherries are large, firm and heart-shaped. You'll typically find two varieties sold in the supermarket: the dark red Bing and the blushing pink and white Rainier.

What kind of cherries are best for pies?

Morello cherries have dark red flesh. Amarelle cherries have yellow to clear flesh and are the most popular. Montmorency, a variety of Amarelle cherry, makes up 95% of the sour pie cherries sold in North America.

How do you sweeten sour cherries?

Place 3 cups of the cherries and the granulated sugar in a medium-sized saucepan. Bring the cherries to a simmer over medium heat and cook until the sugar has melted and the cherries are soft, 10 to 15 minutes.

Are maraschino cherries good for you?

Low in nutrients
Maraschino cherries lose many vitamins and minerals during the bleaching and brining process. Maraschino cherries pack nearly three times as many calories and grams of sugar than regular cherries — a result of being soaked in the sugar solution. They also contain far less protein than regular cherries.

How many cherries should you eat?

The answer is yes, 100 times yes! Cherries are not only one of the healthiest fruits, they also rank as one of the most health protective foods overall. One cup, or about 21 cherries, contains less than 100 calories and 15% of your daily vitamin C needs.

What are the best tasting cherries?


Kordia Cherry:
It is dense and meaty with an appealing full bodied sweetness, rated across Europe as one of the best tasting cherry varieties available. The Kordia cherry is far less susceptible to cracking from an early summer shower than a Bing cherry.

Can you eat raw sour cherries?

Over the next few weeks, sour cherry trees will be heavy with the bright red fruit. Don't confuse the sour variety with the sweet. While sweet cherries are best eaten raw, sour cherries usually need to be cooked before eating. Unless you are using presweetened dried sour cherries, plan on cooking them.

How do you pick cherries from a tree?

How to pick the cherries from the tree
  1. Gently grasp the berry with your fingers and thumb, and.
  2. tug gently.
  3. If it is ripe, it will easily come off in your hand, with the stem attached.
  4. Repeat these operations using both hands until each holds 3 or 4 cherries.