Black Republican Cherries
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Rich and intensely sweet, the Black Republican cherry has shiny dark, purplish-black skin. Considered a medium-sized variety, it is smaller than most commercially available cherries which could be a reason for the loss in popularity. The heirloom cherry has a deep burgundy flesh that stains lips and fingers. Black Republican cherries have a strong flavor that carries through when added to a variety of recipes.
Black Republican cherries are available in the spring, typically later in the season.
Black Republican cherries have a rich history in the US. The cherry was named for the grower’s staunch abolitionist and Quaker beliefs, and a reputed participation in the Underground Railroad. The heirloom cherry’s intense flavor is the classic "black cherry” essence that many later cherries aspire to. Black Republican cherries are a parent to the popular Bing cherry variety.
The strong cherry flavor of the Black Republican cherries lends itself to black cherry ice cream and yogurt, maintaining its color and intense cherry flavor. Black Republican cherries are best eaten fresh, out-of-hand or pitted and added to sweet dishes like pies and tarts, or your favorite frosty treat. The small heirloom cherries keep well and are great for preserving.
The Black Republican cherry has a history that crosses the continent on the Oregon Trail and ends in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. The planting of the first Black Republican cherry was a pivotal point in the history of the fruit industry in the Pacific Northwest. Seth Lewelling followed his brother to Oregon, bringing his cherry trees via covered wagon in the mid-1800s. Black Republican cherries fell out of favor, mostly due to their size and the small fact that they need to be picked at the perfect time or their flavor can be astringent and bitter. Black Republican cherries can be found at local farmer’s markets in Oregon and in small areas in California, Washington and in some very limited places in the eastern states.
Recipes that include Black Republican Cherries. One is easiest, three is harder.
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