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Sour (Pie) Cherries - Tips 

Sources: Washington Post, 7/9/97; Henry Field's, Gurney's, and Miller Nurseries

Cherry freaks might find this info useful. See dessert section of Shirls' Recipes for Cherry Pie,
and Hamantaschen a fruit-filled cookie favorite in celebrating Purim, a Jewish

1. Sour cherries are not as firm as their sweet, bing-type siblings. They are also self-
pollinating, unlike sweet cherries. The author of the Post article recommends the
"amarelle," because it remains red throughout the ripening and is best for cherry pie.
Three catalogues (Henry Field's, Gurney's, and Miller Nurseries) that carry fruit tree
stocks do not list this variety. Home gardeners should consider dwarf varieties like 'North
Star' or bush cherries like 'Nanking,' both 6-8 feet high.

2. Cherry pitting devices tend to bruise the fruit. Or, use old-fashioned hairpins to extract
the pitts (not bobby pins). Insert the curved end of the hairpin into the stem end of the
cherry until it is near the center of the cruit. Turn pin 90 degrees and, as you twist, pull
the pin out. The cherry stone will come out with the pin. Hmmm....

3. Add cherries to your favorite chocolate cake or brownie recipe. Cook them with a little
sugar first to release some of the moisture, or they will water down the batter.