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The Van cherry's surface is smooth and rounded, with a lustered deep red to black finish. Each cherry is slightly squat and blocky and heart-shaped, and measures around 20 centimeters in diameter. In the center of the cherry is a small, beige-colored central stone. The flesh of the Van cherry is firmly textured and juicy when ripe, with a rich flavor of concentrated and overt sweetness balanced by a touch of acidity.
The Van cherry is available in the late spring.
Van cherries are a Canadian variety of sweet cherry. 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. The Van cherry consistently scores above all other sweet cherries in taste tests, and is sweet even when unripe. It is often compared to the Bing cherry, the most widely planted varietal, but is even sweeter, juicier, crunchier and more flavorful.
Van cherries are a good source of vitamins A and C, calcium and iron. Van cherries contain anthocyanins, the red pigment inherently found within berries. Anthocyanins are potent antioxidants that are being heavily researched for their potential health benefits, including anti-inflammation and pain reduction.
Van cherries can be eaten fresh, and can also be used for making jams and preserves. Van cherries can be used in savory dishes, or in sweets as dessert toppings and pie and tart fillings. Favorable pairings include creamy or salty cheeses, smoked meats, duck, poultry, pork, hazelnuts, pistachios, pine nuts, fennel, arugula, ginger, honey, yogurt, vanilla, dark chocolate and fortified wines. Store Van cherries in a bag in the refrigerator, where they will last for around a week. They can be dried or frozen to extend their shelf life.
British Columbia in Canada, home of the Van cherry, is where the world’s largest cherry pie was baked in 1992. It weighed 39,683 pounds.
Van cherries were the first variety of cherry released by the Summerland research station in British Columbia. They were made available in 1944, and were subsequently adopted in various parts of the world, including the United States, Germany and Australia. Van cherries do well in temperate regions, and take from 3 to 5 years to bear fruit. They were relatively popular among growers until the 1960s. Van cherries have been used to breed other varieties, such as the Rainer cherry.
Recipes that include Van Cherries. One is easiest, three is harder.
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Santa Monica Farmers Market
Tenerelli OrchardsNear Santa Monica, California, United States
About 232 days ago, 5/31/17
Spotter's comments : Van Cherries spotted at Santa Monica Farmers Market. Rare. first of season