Tart Cherries

Pie cherry or sour cherry
Prunus cerasus
ROSACEAE, The Rose family

A nice gleaning session was had when I found a tart cherry tree down the block. The owner said I could have as many as I wanted so I brought my lovely neighbors and we picked as high up as was safe, climbing the tree and using step ladders. I brought home 4.5 lbs. They had some worms but I picked them out as I pitted them and will make a pie and a small batch of cherry jelly. My neighbors will make wine and a tart.

Pie cherries are hard to find. They are at the farmer’s market rarely and for only a short time and u-pick farms almost never have them. Often trees in the neighborhood are too tall to pick safely.

Pie Cherries

This spring I planted a dwarf tart cherry called ‘Montmorency’ in the side yard. It bloomed a few sweet little blossoms and made this one cute cherry.

Cherry 'Montmorency'

About Mulysa

I love my work as a landscape designer and artist. When I'm not planning homesteads or working in the studio, you'll find me hiking, photographing, gardening, baking, cooking vegetarian meals with friends, reading and working on sustainability issues...with my baby on my hip in Portland, Oregon.
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