Our Cherry Varieties

All our cherries are the big, sweet dark cherries, sorry, we won’t have white cherries until 2022

(We have been planting new  white cherries  and re-grafting some of our other trees to Napoleon  and Rainier to replace the 23 we lost in a heavy frost the year they were planted.)

  • Viola – a large, dark sweet cherry, great for eating. (Approx. December 5 until sold out). We seem to be the only growers in SA to have these lovely cherries.
  • Merchant – large dark early cherry, (Approx December 5 until sold out)
  • Stella – one of the first and best of the modern cherries. (Approx. Dec. 10 until sold out)
  • Summit  – very big, with great flavour; hard to grow, but delicious. (Approx. Dec. 10 until sold out). Many SA growers are pruning these with a bull-dozer, because they are so unreliable.
  • Bing – great flavoured big dark American cherry,good for cooking and freezing. Liable to split if there is even moderate summer rain (to the heartbreak of the owners). (Approx. Dec. 18 until sold out).
  • Van – a firm, nutty flavour, big and dark. (Approx. Dec. 15 until sold out). Crops exuberantly, which makes it prone to overcrowding.
  • Lapin – big, dark, one of the top export cherries. (Approx. Dec. 17 until sold out).
  • Simone – very similar to Lapin, ready a few days later. (Approx. Dec 20 until sold out).
  • Sweetheart – big, delicious – just coming into full production (Approx Dec 27 – Jan 10)
  • Sour Cherries – Morellos. (approx January 3-16) THE cooking cherry. These are grown for our cherry ice-cream and cherry liqueurs.

How do you know which cherry is which? – our colour code:

All cherry trees look pretty much alike.

So we have painted a band of colour around the bottom of each tree to make it easy for everyone to know what cherry they are picking.
Sometimes you have to look carefully, because the trees put on a few centimetres around their middle each year and s-t-r-e-t-c-h  their paint band.

Of course we will show you on the day you come picking, but here are the colours we use:

  • Viola – hot pink
  • Merchant – yellow
  • Stella– dark green
  • Summit  – white
  • Bing – pale blue
  • Van – orangy-brown (burnt sienna for purists)
  • Lapin – light purple
  • Simone – dark red
  • Sweetheart – dark red in a different part of the orchard (planned to be painted 2018)
  • Sour Cherries – not marked – the trees look very different from the sweet cherries. They have smaller leaves and fruit.

Preserving

The simplest way to preserve cherries is to rinse and stem them, then freeze them whole in plastic bags.  It is easy then to squeeze the stones out when they have de-frosted.


Cooking

Sweet cherries: We recommend the Bings, as the best sweet cherry for cooking. They are featured in many U.S. recipes for cherry pie.

Sour cherries: give the best cooking flavour.


Sour Cherries

Customers tell us of great sour cherries in Hungary and Iran, but they are not available in Australia. The best sour cherry available is the Morello cherry and at last our new trees are producing and we have enough to sell.