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Lapin cherries are distinguished by their deep ruby red colored skin and their lush, plump size. The fruit's surface is smooth and rounded with a slight heart-shape and lustered finish. They produce flavors that are rich and sweet, without a trace of tartness. The texture is meaty and succulent with a juicy mouthfeel.
Lapin cherries are available during mid-summer months.
All cherries are members of the family, Prunus and are descendents of the wild cherry, Prunus avium. They are classified as stone fruits (fruits containing a singular central seed), alongside apricots, plums, peaches and almonds. Lapin cherries are a hybrid result of a Van and Stella cherry cross. They are a self-fertile, crack resistant, late blooming variety.
Lapin cherries inherently contain the red pigment, anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are potent antioxidants that are being heavily researched for their potential health benefits, including anti-inflammation and pain reduction. The are also a good source of vitamins A and C, iron and boron.
Lapin cherries are incredibly versatile and may be used similarly to Bing cherries. They pair well with sweet and savory dishes and may be eaten raw, cooked, preserved, dried and juiced. Favorable pairings include, creamy or salty cheeses, basil, smoked meats, duck, poultry, pork, hazelnuts, pistachios, pine nuts, fennel, arugula, ginger, honey, yogurt, vanilla, dark chocolate and fortified wines. Lapin cherries can be used for jams, tart fillings, dessert toppings or even pickling. Sweeter cherries such as the Lapin are the best choice for preserves or making cherry brandy or infused liquers.
Dark and sweet cherry varieties like the Lapin, are ideal for making the iconic cherry derived brandy known as Cherry Heering. invented in 1818, this richly colored and flavored liquor is darker than Kirsch or Maraschino liqueur and has a more pure cherry flavor. It is pivotal in making the classic pre-prohibition era cocktails such as, Blood and Sand and Singapore Sling.
The first documentation of cherry cultivation dates as far back as 4000 B.C.E., with the domestication of early wild cherry varieties. Centuries later with the sophistication of breeding techniques, cherries like the Lapin emerged. The Lapin cherry was named for cherry breeding pioneer and horticulturist, Dr. Karl Lapin. Dr Lapin developed the cherries in the late 1930's for the Agriculture Canada Research Station in British Columbia. Lapin cherry trees flourish in Mediterranean climates and temperate climatic zones that experience four seasons. Trees are deep rooting; they will reach 15 feet in length and if pruned when dormant, produce lush white flowers and prolific fruit harvests.
Recipes that include Lapin Cherries. One is easiest, three is harder.
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West Seattle Farmers Market
Tonnemaker Family OrchardNear Seattle, Washington, United States
About 326 days ago, 7/14/19
Sharer's comments : One of the oldest varieties of cherries, these are guaranteed to be juicy and sweet!
Santa Monica Farmers Market
Steve Murray Jr.Near Santa Monica, California, United States
About 380 days ago, 5/22/19
Sharer's comments : First Harvest of Lapin Cherries! Murray Family Farms
Fat Radish Restaurant Parking Lot
Apple Hill OrchardWisconsin, United States
34980 Cnty Hwy J, Bayfield 54814
About 674 days ago, 7/31/18
Sharer's comments : Lapin Cherries spotted at Fat Radish Restaurant Parking Lot. End of season. Very Sweet.