Queen Anne Cherries

Last week, I was shopping at the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market, and one of the vendors there was selling Queen Anne cherries. What are Queen Anne cherries? They are a sweet, light colored cherry, who also go by the name of Royal Ann(e). They are cherries that you can eat out of hand or cook with. You can find these cherries in both Michigan and Oregon. They are very similar in appearance to Rainier cherries. You might have trouble telling them a part at first, however Queen Anne cherries are on the tart side while Rainier are very sweet.

You may recognize that Queen Anne name from the Christmas season. Although cherry season is far away from the Christmas season, Queen Anne cordial cherries are a popular gift item (at least to buy I don’t know about receiving!) found for sale around that time. Queen Anne cherries are also popular in the making of maraschino cherries.

If you can’t find fresh queen anne cherries you might be able to find the canned version. Oregon Fruit Products makes them using the royal anne name. Check your local supermarket or you can purchase them from Amazon.

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  1. Joared July 26, 2011, 5:45 pm

    Thanks for explaining the difference between Royal Anne and Ranier cherries as I was recently wondering and no one with whom I talked seemed to know. Glad to learn of Ann Arbor’s Farmer’s Market for when I next visit family living there.

  2. Sandy July 14, 2012, 10:54 am

    Thanks Eric for the blog. I live in the country by Albany, Oregon. My neighbor has so much fruit that she gave me apples last year when we met at her garage sale. This year I asked her if I could pick cherries for my daughter’s wedding. We are making jams and syrup if I fail at the recipe. My neighbor kept saying “no Queen Anne cherries” when I called them bing cherries. I did not know the difference. Since my husband is from Michigan and family live there, Queen Anne cherries grow in 2 great states. Thanks again
    PS. We are trying a cherry brandy jam. It is pretty too.Sandy

  3. Carol Axford June 27, 2013, 11:26 am

    My son moved in to a home last year and found he had a Queen Ann Cherry tree in his back yard. Can you pick, wash, remove the pits and freeze them in ziplock bags, or do you have to can them?
    Are there any good recipes for fresh cherries?

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