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Name: Jared Nicholes
Nampa, Idaho
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jnicholes
Apr 18, 2017 1:53 PM CST
Hi there.

I have 4 cherry trees. each one is blooming big time. Here is a picture of one of them.

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Needless to say, I am going to have a lot of cherries. Each tree is blooming like this one.

Does anyone have any ideas of what to do with all the cherries I am going to have?

I am asking this to prepare in advance for the large amounts of cherries I am going to have.

Thanks!

Jared
Name: Dillard Haley
Augusta Georgia (Zone 8a)
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farmerdill
Apr 18, 2017 2:30 PM CST
Sweet or sour. Sour cherries make great pies.
Name: Jared Nicholes
Nampa, Idaho
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jnicholes
Apr 18, 2017 2:34 PM CST
Hi there.

I dont know if their sweet or sour. Sorry.

Jared
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
RpR
Apr 18, 2017 2:47 PM CST
If you have birds, they will not be around long.
Name: Durgan
Brantford, ON, Canada (Zone 5a)
Durgan
Apr 18, 2017 3:01 PM CST
http://durgan.org/2016/July%20... 11 July 2016 Cherry Juice
The one Tehranivee Sweet Cherry tree in my home garden was harvested today and produced 40 pounds of cherries. The cherries were processed into 18 liters of pressure canned juice for long term storage at room temperature. Process was to remove the pits, cover with water, cook until soft, blend into slurry, strain through a food mill of 2 mm mesh screen.This residue was put through a Champion Juicer to extract maximum nutrients. Each liter of juice contains about 2 pounds of cherries. Some pitted cherries were set aside to make milk shakes in the blender.

http://durgan.org/2016/May%202... 27 May 2016 Tehranivee Sweet Cherry

This fine fruit tree grows well but must elude frost and birds particularly robins to get any harvest. The late Spring frost destroyed all fruit the last two years. And three years ago an abundant potential harvest was taken by robins. The tree is too large to physically cover economically. I am trying a plastic hawk as a deterrent this year, plus a bit of fiber glass screening. The fruit is almost as good as that from BC but not as abundant.

The cultivars Tehranivee, are self-fruitful, requiring no cross-pollination.A new mahogany coloured self fertile sweet cherry with black-red juice. Tehranivee has excellent flavor as well as size, sweetness and firmness. Bred by famed Canadian researcher Gus Tehrani, it was released in 1996, from the Vineland Ontario Station and is a cross of Van and Stella.
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
Apr 18, 2017 4:58 PM CST
Jared, you can send the extra cherries to me! nodding

You can freeze the cherries for later use... and, as RpR said, the birds love them -- harvest some, leave some for the birds (assuming they don't get them all first!).
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Name: Dillard Haley
Augusta Georgia (Zone 8a)
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farmerdill
Apr 18, 2017 7:18 PM CST
Jared, the reason I asked is because the end products are different. Sour (pie) cherries are primarily used in baked goods so canning or freezing is a good way of preserving them for future use. Example http://www.thekitchn.com/sour-...

Sweet cherries are most often used fresh in mixed fruit desserts, ice cream dishes etc. They can be used in baked goods but the flavor is different than that of pie cherries. They can be frozen, juiced, or canned for those purposes. Example http://www.marthastewart.com/2...
Name: Jared Nicholes
Nampa, Idaho
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jnicholes
Apr 18, 2017 7:30 PM CST
Hi there!

@farmerdill, thank you so much for that information. I just moved to this house in February, so I dont know if their sweet or sour. I guess I will find out at harvest time in June or July or whenever harvest is.

Thanks!

Jared
Name: Scot
Altamonte Springs, Florida (Zone 9b)
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Werepanda
Apr 19, 2017 6:48 AM CST
Jared, I'm going to throw one out of left field here and suggest that you could make some cherry wine or mead (if you like a nice libation occasionally). I've been making mead for a long while now and it's fairly easy, you just need some basic equipment. You can still freeze the cherries and then use them when you're ready (this helps break down the cell walls anyway so you get more juice and flavor extracted during boiling. The good thing is that the longer mead ages the better it gets! I still have a couple of bottles from my first 5 gallon batch 16 years ago that tastes phenomenal! Just thought I'd chime in with something a bit different.
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Name: Jared Nicholes
Nampa, Idaho
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jnicholes
Apr 19, 2017 7:38 AM CST
Hi there!

@Werepanda, I am sorry, but I dont drink wine or mead. I dont drink anything like that. Its a religious thing.

Jared.
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
Apr 19, 2017 8:05 AM CST
Jared, there are a number of articles about growing and using cherries in the Learning Library here that might be of interest to you: https://garden.org/learn/artic...

I'm very envious of your mature trees -- we have 2 trees that were just planted 2 years ago, hoping to get some cherries from them this year! Crossing Fingers!
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Name: Jared Nicholes
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Apr 19, 2017 8:47 AM CST
Hi there.

@Weedwhacker, Thanks for the link. I looked over it. It was very useful.

Also, I found out that we have three sweet cherries and one tart cherry tree. I looked at the flower buds and compared them to pictures. If anyone has other ideas of what to do with cherries, please feel free to tell me!

I do have one question, though. @RpR mentioned the problem of birds, any ideas of how to keep the away?

Also, when do you think they will be ripe? The blooms started in the end of March.

Thanks!

Jared

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