Categories:Cherries Dessert Recipes Fruit Pies & Tarts Sour, Tart or Pie Cherries
This classic old-fashioned Sour Cherry Pie is a favorite of my husband. Sour Cherry Pie is the perfect combination of sweet and sour. It is very easy to make and is sure to please your family. My husband and I used to have a sour cherry orchard on my property before we planted our pinot noir grape vineyard. We went from farming cherries to making wine.
Tart cherries, which are sometimes called sour, red cherries, or pie cherries are best known as the key ingredient in desserts. They are also delicious in main courses, salads, jams and jellies, and beverages. Tart cherries are seldom sold fresh in your local grocery store. They are harvested in July and usually frozen, canned, or dried for use throughout the year. You will need to find a farmers’ market to purchase them fresh.
Popular varieties include the Montmorency, Morello, and Early Richmond. Montmorency is the most popular of the sour cherry varieties the U.S. and Canada providing 95% or more of the sour cherries on the market. They are harvested in July and are light to dark red. This cherry has been cultivated in the United States for more than a century.