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Cherry, Sour or Tart

Rosaceae Prunus cerasus L.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

The sour cherry tree is rather small, to 20 feet, spreading and much branched. it is much hardier than the sweet cherry tree. The leaves are ovate-obovate in shape, rather stiff and glossy. Fruits are in groups of 1 to 4 on 1- to 2-inch stems. They are near round, slightly depressed at the stem, about 0.75 inch diameter. The peel is smooth and thin, and adheres to the soft, juicy, tart pulp. The single pit is near round.


Season, bloom to harvest: 80 to 100 days.

Production in U.S.: About 120,000 tons

Use: Frozen, canned for culinary use, especially pies preserves, juice.

Part of fruit consumed: All except pit. Some oil extracted from seed kernels


Last update February 18, 1999 by ch