Black Tartarian Cherries
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This item was last sold on : 07/02/17
As the name ‘Black Tartarian’ implies, the skin of this heirloom cherry is a very dark red to almost black color. Black Tartarian cherries are medium to large in size and are heart-shaped. Beneath the dark, thick skin lays flesh just as dark, with a firm and crisp texture and inky purple juice. Black Tartarian cherries are very juicy and sweet with a rich concentrated flavor. The hard stone within the cherry separates easily from the flesh for removal.
Black Tartarian cherries are an early season variety and are available in the early summer months.
Black Tartarian cherries are a Russian heirloom variety of Prunus avium, first introduced to the United States in the 18th century. The term ‘heirloom’ refers to fruits not sold commercially for more than 50 years. These types of fruits often have a superior taste yet have a short shelf life and other qualities required for mass production. Black Tartarian cherries derive their name from the Tartars, the Mongolian and Turkish tribes who once laid claim to what is now present day Russian and most of Eastern Europe.
Black Tartarian cherries contain anthocyanins, potent antioxidants that are being heavily researched for their potential health benefits, including anti-inflammation and pain reduction. These deeply pigmented cherries are also a good source of vitamins A and C, calcium and iron.
The sweet and juicy Black Tartarian cherry is a great raw snack, fresh out-of-hand. They make a flavorful and sweet juice that is very dark and can stain the lips and skin. When used similarly to other sweet baking varieties, in pies, tarts or other baked goods, they have a tendency to bleed and impart a magenta hue to the dish. Pickled Black Tartarian cherries make a natural accompaniment to game meats, pork and foul. The leftover brine is also wonderful added into a vinaigrette or marinade.
Pickling is a common food preservation technique in Russia, where the bountiful summer season is brief. Dark, sweet cherries such as the Black Tartarians become a treasure to be enjoyed during the long winter. Russian pickled cherries consist of a sweet and sour brine spiked with cardamon, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. For an extra kick, the cherries are often spiked with Kirsch, a cherry brandy.
The Black Tartarian cherry was first brought to England from Russia in the late 1700s by a man named Hugh Ronalds. Originally called Ronald’s Large Black Heart, the dark, sweet cherries came to the United States in the early 1800s and have been popular with gardeners ever since. Black Tartarian cherries grow best in moderate climates, but require a cold winter to keep the trees dormant until spring when the threat of damaging frost is no longer. Common pollinators for the Black Tartarian are the Bing, Ranier or Stella cherry tree.
Recipes that include Black Tartarian Cherries. One is easiest, three is harder.
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Santa Monica Farmers Market
Specialty ProduceNear Santa Monica, California, United States
About 258 days ago, 6/07/17
Spotter's comments : Black Tartarian Cherries spotted at Santa Monica Farmers Market. From Andys Orchard.