This grapefruit-sized fruit actually grows on a climbing cactus. Its spongy pulp is white or sometimes pinkish red, sweet and juicy with numerous tiny edible black seeds scattered throughout
Actually a tuber, the sunchoke looks like a small, bumpy potato or ginger root. The knobby, thin-skinned exterior is usually tannish-gold to cream colored but some varieties are reddish or purplish.
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Rainier cherries are available during late spring and summer.
All cherries are members of the family, Prunus and are descendents of the wild cherry, Prunus avium. They are classified as stone fruits, alongside apricots, plums, peaches and almonds. Stone fruits are climacteric in nature, which means the fruit continues to ripen post-harvest. The Rainier cherry is a hybrid of two very sweet, red varieties, the Bing cherry and Van cherry. Photosynthesis, the process of creating glucose, is a cherry tree's most important job. Rainier cherry trees create high levels of glucose in the fruit, thus they measure high on the Brix scale, which measures the percentage of sugar content in a fruit. A 24%-28% Brix measurement is the common percentage for Rainier cherries and one of the highest of all stone fruit.
Rainier cherries distinguish themselves from all other cherry varieties by the color of their skin and the unparalleled high sugar levels. Their coloring, layers of golden hues blushed with tones of pink and red, is unequivocally unique. Their shape is quintessential cherry: plump, rounded and slightly heart-shaped with a dimple at the stem end. The flesh is a pale golden color with red streaks near the skin and seed. The flavor of Rainier cherries is memorably sweet and low acid with a caramel-like finish on the palate.
Rainier cherries are best for fresh eating or as an ingredient in desserts such as ice cream, cakes, pies, pastries and tarts. Sweet pairings include other stone fruit, especially apricots and plums, berries, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, dark chocolate and white chocolate, cream, maple and almond. Complimentary savory pairings include herbs such as basil and arugula, cilantro flowers, hazelnut, pistachio and olive oil, citrus, smoked fish, anchovies, pork, chiles, ginger, pepitas, pine nuts, scallops, fresh cheeses such as chevre and burrata and aged sheep's and cow's milk cheeses.
The Rainier cherry (named after Mount Rainier) was developed in 1952 by Harold Fogle for Washington State University's breeding program. The fruit was released to the public in 1960. The mother tree which produced the very first Rainier fruits still grows on the same orchard five miles from the University station in Prosser, Washington. Washington state remains the premier growing region for Rainier cherries. Its complex climate contributes to plumper, sweeter cherries than any other growing regions. It is geographically strange that Washington state produces the best Rainier cherries because they are one of the most sensitive cultivars to wind, temperature fluctuation and rain. Rainier cherries need abundant sunlight, thus cherries are picked from the outside in, as the outer fruit matures first. It is common for a harvester to return to the same tree several times during one season.
Restaurants currently purchasing this product as an ingredient for their menu.
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Recipes that include Rainier Cherries. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Poor Girl Eats Well||Fresh Cherry-Berry Granita|
|Eat the Love||Boozy Blueberry Cherry Red Wine Pie|
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whippingham Isle of Wight
Near Fareham, United Kingdom
About 207 days ago, 7/06/14
kroger Near Bartlett, Tennessee, United States
About 209 days ago, 7/05/14
Spotter's comments : Rainier Cherries spotted at kroger .
ShopRite, Pennington, NJ Near Lawrence Township, New Jersey, United States
About 211 days ago, 7/02/14
Pike Place Market
Choice Produce & PepperNear Seattle, Washington, United States
1514 Pike Pl. No. 4, Seattle 98101
About 212 days ago, 7/01/14
Spotter's comments : Rainier Cherries spotted at Pike Place Market. Only couple more weeks of local Rainiers!!!
Bishop's Orchards Near Guilford Center, Connecticut, United States
About 219 days ago, 6/24/14
Wegman's in Ithaca, NY Near Latham, New York, United States
About 220 days ago, 6/24/14
Spotter's comments : I spotted Rainier Cherries at Wegman's in Ithaca, NY (this past weekend: 6/21/14) @ $5.99/pound). They're very tasty!
Fresh Pick Market Near Burbank, Illinois, United States
About 221 days ago, 6/22/14
Spotter's comments : Rainier Cherries spotted at Fresh Pick Market.
Publix Super Market at Walsingham Commons Near Ridgecrest, Florida, United States
About 226 days ago, 6/18/14
Village Inn Near Ridgecrest, Florida, United States
About 226 days ago, 6/18/14
Hyvee, Sycamore,Illinois Near Dement, Illinois, United States
About 227 days ago, 6/16/14
7th Ave Produce
Marys PrideNear Paine Field-Lake Stickney, Washington, United States
About 228 days ago, 6/15/14
Spotter's comments : Rainier Cherries spotted at 7th Ave Produce. Local Rainier Cherries - Perfect summer snack!
Santa Monica Farmers Market
Ken BrownNear Santa Monica, California, United States
1615 Half Road, Morgan Hill 95037
About 240 days ago, 6/04/14
Spotter's comments : Rainier Cherries spotted at Santa Monica Farmers Market. Andy's Orchard
Santa Monica Farmers Market
Barbagelata FarmsNear Santa Monica, California, United States
About 247 days ago, 5/28/14
Spotter's comments : Rainier Cherries spotted at Santa Monica Farmers Market.
Little Italy Mercato Near San Diego, California, United States
About 250 days ago, 5/24/14
Spotter's comments : From Smit Farms in Linden, Ca. only 4 weeks left for these beauties!
Ba-Da Bing-Fruit Barn Near Gilroy, California, United States
About 550 days ago, 7/28/13
Spotter's comments : Rainier Cherries spotted at Ba-Da Bing-Fruit Barn. Late season...
Ballard Market Near Seattle, Washington, United States
About 567 days ago, 7/11/13
Spotter's comments : Delicious organic & local Rainier Cherries! $9.98 lb.
Central Market Near Austin, Texas, United States
About 612 days ago, 5/27/13
Spotter's comments : Rainier Cherries spotted at Central Market. Central Market has California Rainier Cherries
Hiller's Markets Near West Bloomfield Township, Michigan, United States
About 615 days ago, 5/25/13
Whole Foods Market Near San Diego, California, United States
About 616 days ago, 5/24/13
Spotter's comments : Rainier Cherries spotted at Whole Foods Market.