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Sauerkirsch - Sour Cherries

As it is already too long from and to the summer I am craving for a Cherry pie or Cherriy strudel. So I am looking for frozen sour cherries, does someone has an idea where to buy them?
I was talking with my swiss friends but seems like they are not very popular with them and they don't have any idea.
- first I checked my usual source of Eastie food - Denner, but nothing there
- I can get ordinary frozen cherries, but their taste when baked cannot compare to the one of sour cherries
- I can get Sauerkirsch Kompott, but again, too much taste is already lost in the liquid
- I googled it, but all I get are shops that sell to restaurants and business
Any ideas would be appreciated
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Old 08.01.2018, 15:03
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Re: Sauerkirsch - Sour Cherries

Migros used to have them until 25 years or so ago.

Since then, nothing.

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Old 08.01.2018, 15:09
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Re: Sauerkirsch - Sour Cherries

Also known as Schattenmorelle or Weichsel. Getting them in Germany should be easier.

Here a Swiss source, but you may have to pick-up.
http://www.eichenberger-obst.ch/

Maybe Aligro in Schlieren has them as well.
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Re: Sauerkirsch - Sour Cherries

Reviving this. Anyone have sources for sour cherries, fresh or frozen? I can only seem to find sweet ones at the farms around me.
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Reviving this. Anyone have sources for sour cherries, fresh or frozen? I can only seem to find sweet ones at the farms around me.


Alnatura frozen Sauerkirschen. They used to have a Migros assortment but haven't seen it in a while (those were sour cherries from France, a tad sweeter than what I was used to but really good)
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Re: Sauerkirsch - Sour Cherries

One of my favorite discoveries in Turkey years ago but I have never found them here
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Re: Sauerkirsch - Sour Cherries

My neighbour has a tree loaded with them and hates them. She gave me a bowl full on Sunday and I’m off today to pick some more to put in the freezer.
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One of my favorite discoveries in Turkey years ago but I have never found them here
They are quite popular in other countries too..... You can find frozen sour cherries in CH.
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Re: Sauerkirsch - Sour Cherries

Strudel with them is one to best baked goods ever (imho). You can easily adjust the tartness with how much sugar you add. For eating directly from the tree they too tart, at least for most of the people, but they keep taste much better than cherries, when cooked or baked. Just don't tell you neighbor Belgianmum and keep them for yourself.
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Ah, I see, in Migros online shop you can find them. Thank you, Greenmout.
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Ah, I see, in Migros online shop you can find them. Thank you, Greenmout.
Seems that my local Migros has them in stock, I will need to make a road trip later!

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My neighbour has a tree loaded with them and hates them. She gave me a bowl full on Sunday and I’m off today to pick some more to put in the freezer.
That is amazing! I want to find someone like that

Thanks guys!
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Re: Sauerkirsch - Sour Cherries

I'm surprised about this thread.

Really I am.

Sour cherries are just about the fastest growing and most indestructable fruit tree you can imagine. Bordering on being a weed. I see them everywhere. Just go on a hike with your eyes open and you will be pleasantly surprised.

One annoying thing about them is that the cherries are extremely likely to get worms. This is a reason many people pick them slightly before they are ripe and ripen them in storage. Thus deep freezing them directly off the tree is not a good idea. Unless of course you like your cherries pumped with pesticide.
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They are quite popular in other countries too..... You can find frozen sour cherries in CH.
I've heard this yes, a Hungarian colleague told me about how popular they are too

However, I am interested in fresh sour cherries and the specific variety I enjoyed in Turkey - there are hundreds of varieties among the main species
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However, I am interested in fresh sour cherries and the specific variety I enjoyed in Turkey - there are hundreds of varieties among the main species
Problem is that they have a very short shelf life (a few days max).

We use to get them from some trees in our village, which are sadly gone. They freeze well, however, so some years I collected 20kg.

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Re: Sauerkirsch - Sour Cherries

I bought something that looked like fresh sour cherries on our weekend market in Thalwil. They appeared to be sweeter than the sour cherries in my country, actually they were almost no sour at all, but otherwise resemble them in taste and consistency.
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Re: Sauerkirsch - Sour Cherries

They make good juice as well.
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I'm surprised about this thread.

Really I am.

Sour cherries are just about the fastest growing and most indestructable fruit tree you can imagine. Bordering on being a weed. I see them everywhere. Just go on a hike with your eyes open and you will be pleasantly surprised.

One annoying thing about them is that the cherries are extremely likely to get worms. This is a reason many people pick them slightly before they are ripe and ripen them in storage. Thus deep freezing them directly off the tree is not a good idea. Unless of course you like your cherries pumped with pesticide.
Have you tasted them? We have many trees around here that indeed look like sour cherries but are sweet.
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Re: Sauerkirsch - Sour Cherries

Yes, they grow wild. I grew up on them. You can also can them with cinnamon and rum, marvelous dessert with vanilla ice-cream.

I have seen a couple of sour cherry trees growing wild here, but watch out - there are sour cherries and then wild cherries. Sour cherries have far more flesh. Wild cherries are bitter and have very little flesh.
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Re: Sauerkirsch - Sour Cherries

I once asked a farmer who has a cherry orchard if she had any sour cherry trees in her orchard. She said the soil isn't suited to growing sour cherries here.
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They make good juice as well.
This, I can find plenty of although never fresh - Turkish shops & an Iranian one in Geneva carry them sporadically

Sour cherry jam though, wow - that's really something
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