The farmer’s market can be a great place for discovering different varieties of fruit that the grocery stores have either long forgotten or never carried about in the first place. On a trip to my most fruqented farmer’s market – the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market, I found one of the vendors there was selling Queen Anne cherries. Never heard of that variety. It was before the days of me having a smartphone so I didn’t look them up, I decided to just buy them and try them at home.
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, and I assume Washington as well. They are very similar in appearance to Rainier cherries. You might have trouble telling them a part at first glance. When you bite into them, the difference could not be more clear. Queen Anne cherries are on the very tart side while Rainier are very sweet. Your taste buds will have no problem distinguishing the two.
Queen Anne Used for Cordial Cherries
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. I personally don’t like them so don’t buy them for me. Queen Anne cherries are also popular in the making of maraschino cherries.
Canned Queen (Royal) Anne Cherries
If you can’t find fresh queen anne cherries not all hope is lost. You should be able to find the canned version. Oregon Fruit Products makes them using the Royal Anne name. They sell a whole line of canned fruits that are not easy to find (Boysenberries and Gooseberries for example) . Check your local supermarket or you can purchase them from Amazon.