Strawberry Cherries

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What are strawberry cherries? That’s a very good question, and one I asked myself when Thad and I found ourselves face-to-face with a huge stack of them at the grocery store. He, a cherry connoisseur, and I, a general cherry nay-sayer, both scratched our heads, observing their large girth, mottled surface, and extraordinarily firm, juicy bodies. Not only were they oddly named, but they were on sale for 50% off. So, of course, we had to see what they were all about.

Apparently we weren’t the only ones confounded by the idea of a “strawberry cherry” — several clamshell boxes were popped open, and countless cherries were strewn across the produce display, making their way towards the scandalized-looking Bings and Rainiers. He grabbed one first, took a bite, and looked surprised. I followed suit by reluctantly popping a richly ripe red cherry into my mouth, and shockingly, I liked it. A lot.

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What exactly are strawberry cherries?

Strawberry cherries don’t taste like strawberries, but they don’t really taste like cherries either. I suppose you could say the flavor is somewhere in the middle; sweet and gently tart, without that weird “cherry” twang that I abhor. They have the characteristic cherry crunch that gives way to a lovely tender inside, where a pit hides, just waiting to take out your dental work. Overall, I like them a lot — because they don’t taste like cherries. We bought a box and took them home.

Afraid we were eating some sort of GMO Franken-cherry, I did a little digging. Grown in Yakima, Washington, by a company called Yakima Fresh, strawberry cherries appear to be just another in a series of interesting cherry varieties. The company website has the following to say about strawberry cherries:

Our unique and exciting Premium Strawberry Cherries are exceptionally large, extremely firm and delightfully juicy. They are dark red with a slightly white to creamy pink flesh when ripe. Vibrant flavor and intensely super sweet, with natural fruit sugar levels that usually range from 19%-25%. … They are available late June though July, however, supplies are limited. The secret behind this new delicious variety is a unique tree stock grown in Washington State at Yakima Fresh along with ideal growing conditions and plenty of tender loving care.

So, I’m not sure if they’re genetically modified, but they were good enough that we finished the box within a day and went back to the store to buy more. Three more boxes, to be exact, which we polished off just as quickly. Being the cherry-freak he is, Thad went back to the store several more times, until the display was cleared out and there was not a strawberry cherry in site. By that point they’d been knocked down to $2.99 a box, and when all was said and done, I believe that roughly eight or nine boxes of cherries were consumed at Chez Jones.

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The final word on strawberry cherries? They’re good, really good. I highly recommend them, especially if you don’t like cherries. 😉

 

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Best Way to Enjoy Strawberry Cherries
 
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Strawberry cherries are one of the best new fruits on the market. Here's the best way to enjoy them.
Ingredients
  • 1 pound strawberry cherries, halved
  • 2 cups whipped cream
  • 4 ounces of dark chocolate, shaved
Instructions
  1. Pour the cherries into a bowl. Add a dollop of whipped cream and sprinkle with shaved chocolate. Enjoy immediately.

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  1. Roxanne @ Champion of My Heart says

    Have not seen those, but I love cherries in general. Most of the ones we get here come from orchards on the Western Slope of CO.

  2. Jane Boursaw says

    Having grown up on a cherry farm and been around one too many of the little things during my formative years, I tend to shy away from them. But I love strawberries, so will have to seek these out!

  3. Melanie @ Frugal Kiwi says

    I don’t know that anyone should trust your opinion on things cherry, missy, but I’ll give anything cherry shaped and natural a try, seeing as I LOVE cherries.

  4. N says

    just finished off about a cup of these new fangled fruit and thought i’d google what the heck i was eating. nice post. and you’re right. they are delish. unfortunately, the slimcado i purchased at the same time was #notdelicious, even if it was less fat and calories than a traditional avocado.

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  5. Brook says

    They are amazing. Just had a box yesterday, went back today and got another box.

    They are delicious….

  6. Linda says

    These are the best cherries EVER. They had them at Costco for about a week! Not long enough. Wish I could find more!!!!

  7. Mary says

    I live 30miles from store that was selling strawberry cheeries .I only bought one pack about 2 blocks I was on my way back to purchase more.THEY”RE GREAT AND OOOOOO SO SWEET!!!.

  8. Bibiana says

    I looked this up because I recently bought a box of Strawberry Cherries- and LOVED them. I too wondered I’d they were a hybrid of sorts. They ARE terrific!

    • steph says

      I’m hoping I can find them this year – I haven’t seen them yet. What part of the country are you in? I wonder if we can plant the pits and grow them ourselves? I’d love a strawberry cherry tree!

  9. Kristi says

    Hi, I live just outside of Yakima. These are a local staple. They’re not GM like you’d think, but humans definitely had a hand in creating these cherries haha.

  10. Sue says

    Thought Rainer cherries were the best, but then we tried these. They are nice and sweet, firm and are my favorite now. Plus they are less expensive.

  11. says

    “So, I’m not sure if they’re genetically modified…”

    They are not genetically modified using modern biotechnology techniques.

    Steve from Yakima Fresh assured me that “Strawberry Cherries are non-GMO and also have no association with Strawberries other than a shared name.”

    They sure are delicious!

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