If you’ve never tried a Rainier cherry, you’re truly missing out. It’s actually a cross between two types of cherries – the Bing and Van. It was developed in 1952 at Washington State University and named after Mount Rainier. You’ll pay premium prices for Rainier cherries, but they are well worth it – they are fleshy and sweet; low acid with a caramel-like finish.
Rainier cherries are easily found at farmers’ markets – like the Mar Vista Farmers’ Market here in Los Angeles (where I get my fresh produce). Cherry season is typically late April to late August, so now’s the time to go buy! And if you need some great ideas for what to actually do with the cherries after you purchase, here are 10 Rainier cherry recipes to inspire your cooking adventures. Of course eating cherries directly from the bag is also endorsed (be careful of the pits), but if you want some sweet and savory options outside of that, check out the recipes below.
Rainier cherry almond tart at The View from Great Island
Rainier cherry mojito at Cookie + Kate
Rainer cherry and mascarpone mini tarts at Sweet Remedy
Spinach, avocado, cherry and feta salad with dijonnaise dressing at The Produce Mom
Rainier cherry and chocolate chip ice cream at Love & Olive Oil
A galette of Rainier cherries at Food on Fifth
Peach cherry sangria at My Invisible Crown
Rainier cherry salsa and pork chops at 52 Ways to Cook