Balaton Cherries

Balaton Cherries

In the sour cherry world, Montmorency has reigned for a while as king. But there are other sour cherries out there that are looking to give the king a challenge. The Balaton cherry was introduced to the United States by Dr. Amy Iezzoni from Michigan State University. It originated in Hungary.

When compared to a Montmorency, the Balaton tends to be larger, more firm, and sweeter than the Montmorency. Even thought it is sweeter, don’t be mistake, this is still a sour cherry. It’s color is a dark red with a little red interior.

Their have been a lot of health claims with Balaton cherries. We do know they contain vitamins A and C, melatonin and anthocyanins. Some believe that they help with sleep disorders, reducing chances of health disease, managing diabetes to just name a few. This isn’t a gurantee, but if you are concerned about any of these, then it definately wouldn’t hurt to add more cherries particularly Balatons to your diet.

If you have a chance to get your hands on some fresh Balaton cherries, make sure you do. The season is short, and they are widely available in their fresh form. I was fortunate enough to get some at my local farmer’s market.

Below you will find a video of a farmer in Massachusetts talking about this Balaton cherries, along with another variety.

One Reply to “Balaton Cherries”

  1. Neat! I’d never heard of Balaton cherries until now. Thanks for sharing this wonderful article.


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