Pie cherry or sour cherry
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.
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.