First Michigan Sweet Cherries of the Year – the Cavalier Cherry

(Last Updated On: June 23, 2011)

Nothing can beat the flavor of a fresh cherry. When they are in season, I always make sure I have some on hand. So far I have been enjoying cherries from California. This past Saturday for the first time this year, I had a Michigan grown cherry. I was surprised to see cherries available at the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market this earlier. I did not know that there was a sweet cherry ready this early. I discovered that this variety is called the Cavalier. This variety is grown in Michigan as well as in eastern states like New Jersey and Massachusetts.

Cavalier cherries are an early cherry variety, the favorite u-pick cherry of King Orchards. These cherries are ready for havest in late June. They are said to be a medium to large sized cherry, but the ones I got were pretty small. Maybe it was a farmer just trying to get them on the market first, so they picked them early as I would not consider last Saturday to be late June. My cherries were a nice bright red color. The interior color depended on how dark the cherry was on the outside. The darker cherries had a red interior and the light ones were more white in color. The ones with the red interior were definitely sweeter with a better flavor. I am interested to see if this farmer brings bigger Cavalier cherries to the market this week.