Summer Fruit Series #1: Ma Petite Cheri ~ Sweet Rainier Cherries

Summer Fruit Series #1: Ma Petite Cheri ~ Sweet Rainier Cherries

The summer fruit season has started! It’s so exciting to finally harvest some juicy fruit, especially Rainier cherries. We love all kinds of cherries, but there’s something about Rainier Cherries ~ they are plumper, sweeter and juicier than a Bing. When you bite into a Rainier, the juicy sweetness pops in your mouth and it’s just a glorious thing!

Even the description of the Rainier is endearingly delicious ~

“Rainier: A very attractive, exceptionally large yellow cherry with a red blush. Rainier has a distinctive and superior appearance among sweet cherry varieties. Delicately flavored with extraordinary sugar levels, the flesh is pure yellow, very firm and finely textured. A premium niche variety that ripens after Bing and continues to grow in popularity. Color: Golden with pink-red blush. Flavor: Very sweet, delicate flavor with 17-23% fruit sugar.” (Source)

The description alone makes you want to cherish these little darlings and put a little tiara on each and everyone of them.

Unfortunately, Rainier cherry season is short-lived, so we were determined to get our share before it was “hasta la vista, baby.” So, after waking up earlier than usual on a Saturday morning, we slugged down some coffee, hopped into the car and headed straight down to the local farm.

After a short drive out, we arrived. The owners had set up a roadside stand with all their fruits and veggies available for purchase. And on the counter, there sat, in all their glory, the beautiful Rainiers.

The red and golden color of these cherries were amazing. Brilliant in the sunlight and resembling little ruby, golden  gems ~ the Rainiers put all the other fruits to shame. Sorry Bing!

We decided that a flat of cherries was the way to go. Holding that box of red and golden fruit was like Christmas in June. We had almost six pounds of lovely fruit and nothing was going to be better than to feast on cherries all day long.

And feast we did. On the drive home, we couldn’t resist and had finished off a pint of the juicy cherries in record time. Once we got the cherries home, we gave them a quick rinse, took  few photos and then gorged on a couple more pints.

Of course, we had to Instagram a pic of our bounty and share with all, these beautiful gems. Can we dub these nature’s candy, as well? Does it get any better than this? We don’t think so!

The few pints sitting in the fridge right now won’t last long. We are debating whether we should make something out of the remaining cherries or eat them au naturel. 

Well, we decided to just eat them as is. They are already perfect and it just seems so wrong to transform them into something different. It would be like putting on a bunch of unnatural looking make-up on a naturally beautiful girl, and transforming her into something she is not.

Let’s just let Rainier cherries shine on its own and enjoy them while we can.

Once we finish the last pints off, we will have to say good-bye to these sweet, sweet cherries. Nothing to be sad about. At least we have been blessed with a bounty this season and we had definitely eaten our share!

We look forward to the next season, when we can take another drive out to the country and pick up another flat of these most delicious cherries.

We hope that you had the chance to enjoy some Rainier’s in your area. If not, we hope this post kind of helped you get a “taste” of this wonder fruit.

Feel free to share this post with your circle of fruit-loving friends and family. And feel free to leave a comment below and let us know if you love Rainier cherries as much as we do!

Yummily yours,

The Hungry Chilipinos

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