There are still a few weeks left of Cherry Season and that means devouring this delicious and antioxidant-packed fruit. Although most cherries are either sweet or sour / tart, there are hundreds of different types of this juicy stone fruit. 

Check out these CHEF TIPS as we explore a few different types of cherries and what their best culinary applications are.

1. Bing Cherries:


Bing Cherries are the most common type of cherry! These heart shaped cherries have a sweet flavour, deep red exterior and dark purple insides. You can snack on these versatile cherries fresh, or eat them cooked, preserved or frozen.



2. Rainier Cherries:


These cherries are yellow and pink with a very sweet candy-like flavour. These delicate cherries are best enjoyed fresh.





3. Dried Cherries:


Dried cherries have their moisture removed which thickens their skin and concentrates their flavour and nutrients. Reduce their serving size by 75% over fresh cherries as to minimize sugar content.




4. Montmorency Cherries:


Also known as “sour cherries”, they are bright red and tart. Sour cherries taste best when used in baked goods!





5. Maraschino Cherries:


Maraschino cherries are a preserved, sweet cherry made Rainier or Gold varieties. High in sugar, these cherries lose their antioxidant properties through the brining process. They should be consumed in moderation.



6. Black Cherries:


There are a handful of varieties of black cherries. They tend to be a sweet and soft stonefruit. Black cherries taste best when consumed fresh. They may get mealy when baked.




7. Amarena Cherries:


The Amarena cherry is a small sour dark coloured grown in Italy. Made from dark, tart sour cherries. They’re preserved, bottled in syrup and used as garnish for desserts and drinks.





Check out our favourite cherry recipes here!