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Tulare cherries have a deep red outer skin with occasional blushes of light magenta. The smooth crack-resistant exterior has a snappy texture when bitten into. The flesh is quite firm, but may be considered a bit soft when compared to the Bing. The juicy consistency of the inner pulp offers all of the bright and tangy flavors one looks for in a classic sweet cherry variety.
Tulare cherries are available in the late spring and early 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. Tulare cherries are an early-season variety, related to the Bing cherry. The Tulare variety is popular primarily in Southern California, near to where the cherry originated.
Tulare 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. Sweet cherry varieties such as the Tulare are also a good source of vitamins A and C, calcium and iron.
Use the Tulare cherry similarly to the Bing or other sweet cherry cultivars. They are perfectly suited for fresh eating, but also take well to canning, preserving and freezing. They offer optimal sweetness for dessert applications, but can also add a pleasant balance to savory dishes. Complimentary sweet pairings include vanilla, nutmeg, hazelnut, cinnamon, almond,npeaches, bramble berries, cream, white and dark chocolate and ruby port. Savory pairings include almonds, spicy peppers, citrus, arugula, basil, cilantro, pineapple, pork, scallop, duck, grilled fish, red wine, mild creamy cheeses such as burrata and mascarpone, fennel and figs.
Tulare cherries were first discovered as a chance seedling in a Bing cherry orchard in California’s lush San Joaquin Valley. Named for the county in which they were discovered, Tulare cherries were originally found growing in the 1974 growing season. The early-season cherries ripen ten days prior to Bing cherries and were distinguished as a new variety. They were patented as such in 1988 by Bradford Farms, the same farm that owns the patent for Sequoia cherries.
Recipes that include Tulare Cherries. One is easiest, three is harder.
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