Well, it's official. Today is Raineer Cherries Day, the day when you can expect those succulent morsels of delight to hit the produce aisle.
Rainier cherries are a variety of sweet cherry with a distinct golden yellow color and partial to full red blush. They originated in 1952 after Harold W. Fogel and other researchers from the Washington Agriculture Experiment Station in Prosser, Wash. crossed the Bing and Van cherry varieties.
Rainier cherries are the sweetest of all cherry varieties, with sugar, or Brix, levels ranging from 17 to 23 percent. They are delicate and have a juice that is second-to-none. In general, Rainier cherries grow a size or two larger than dark-sweet cherry varieties. They are best eaten fresh out-of-hand.
Characteristics of Raineer cherries are as follow:
n Appearance: Attractive yellow with partial to full red blush.
n Texture and firmness: Firm, fine and smooth.
n Internal character: Almost colorless and juicy.
n Flavor: Super-sweet and delicate; sugar levels range from 17 to 23 percent Brix.
n Shape: Slightly obovate, similar to Bing.
n Size: Very large; offered in few sizes.
n Uses: Rainier cherries are excellent eaten fresh.
Probably one of the biggest benefits of Raineer cherries is that they're so good.
So the next time you (or your family) crave something sweet, instead of grabbing a candy bar or soda, get some Raineer cherries. They taste better and they're a lot better for you.