Cherry harvest

2013 has turned out to be a good pie cherry year.

2013 has turned out to be a good pie cherry year.

We are picking pie cherries. What are pie cherries? Pie cherries are sour cherries that are generally cooked in pies and other delicacies rather than eaten fresh like sweet cherries. Our variety is called Northstar and is relatively hardy in Iowa, though the trees, at least at our place, are not very long-lived. Our cherries make good pies, but aren’t bad straight off the tree either, if they are really ripe. When I am picking, I have a taste now and then.

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