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7 Types of Cherries and How to Tell Them Apart

Cherries are one of the most popular summer snacks and are eaten all around the world. They are a type of stone fruit that comes in 2 different flavor profiles: sweet and sour. There are over 1,200 varieties.

5-Minute Crafts has prepared a guide to help you better understand cherry types.

1. Bing

If you have seen cherries in grocery stores they were probably Bing cherries. This heart-shaped fruit is firm, juicy, and sweet, and they are an excellent summer snack. They have the added benefit of being high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory substances.

2. Sour cherry

This cherry has a sour flavor and is commonly used for juice or as dried cherries for cooking. They are also called Montmorency tart or Morello. These 2 are sorts of sour cherries, albeit the Montmorency tart cherry is the more common cherry variety of the 2 described here.

3. Lapins

Lapins cherries are exceptionally tasty when they are still vivid red. Many cherries remain sour even when they are ripe, but this variety gets sweeter and sweeter as they mature. And they get darker as they mature, their skin is practically a dark purple hue when they completely ripen in July.

4. Rainier

This cherry has a light yellow to a medium golden-orange hue that complements its sweet, caramel-like flavor. People actually eat them raw, although they may also be used as a component in summer desserts. Mt. Rainier, Washington State’s tallest peak, inspired the name of this cherry.

5. Morello

This type of cherry is dark in color and has a sour taste. Morello cherries have a couple of different names like Northern Kriek or Schattenmorello. Visually, it might be challenging to distinguish between a sweeter and a more sour Morello cherry. But they are more tart than other cherries. As Morellos mature they grow sweeter and, due to their sourness, fresh Morello cherries are often only edible when they are completely mature. This cherry can be used to make pies, juices, or baked goods. They can also be combined with certain sweet fruits in order to add additional flavor.

6. Stella

These cherries are huge and have a great flavor. This hardy cherry type has also produced a number of additional sweet cherry varieties, like Chelan cherries. Stella cherry trees are popular among gardeners because they have high-quality big fruit.

7. Black cherries

Black cherries are significantly darker than other cherry varieties, albeit they are more of a deep-red/black hue than a true black. They are used for pie fillings, you can eat them raw with yogurt, or use them as a topping for ice cream sundaes. This cherry has a similar taste and looks like chokecherry, except they are larger and have sweeter fruit.

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