Taste: “Are these plums?” many people ask upon seeing Rainier cherries for the first time. Their beautiful golden complexion, combined with a bright red blush and enormous size, makes them stand out from the darker and more common Bing cherries. Rainiers are sweeter and more flavorful than Bings, with a firmer texture.
- Contain bioactive anthocyanins that have been found to possess anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and anti-obese properties
- Rich in quercetin, which is a potent anti-cancer flavonoid, and melatonin, which is a hormone that has anti-oxidant properties and promotes healthy sleeping patterns
- Good source of potassium
When to look for Rainier Cherries: Rainiers ripen earlier than Bings, so look for them in mid-July.
Best Uses for Rainier Cherries: These “champagne cherries” are a delicacy any way you prepare them, even simply out of a bowl. Their unique coloration makes them a great topping for crumbles or pies, or diced on top of a salad. For a summer sangria, float halved Rainier cherries with white peaches overnight.
How to Store Rainier Cherries: All cherries should be kept refrigerated. Make sure not to wash them until they're ready to eat, as excess moisture can cause them to spoil!