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.