We have a bumper crop of Carmine Jewel Dwarf Sour cherries this year, overlapping with the end of haskap/honeyberry season. The early and mid honeyberries are still pickable but a few are starting to dehydrate a bit on the bushes. The late varieties are now ripe enough.
Our Crimson Passion and Romeo sour cherries are just a few days behind Carmine Jewel. We don’t know if they will overlap like this every year but that’s how it is this year. My juicer/steamer is coming in handy for the cherries that we don’t have time to pit. We’re also running out of freezer space. So juicing is a great option right now.
This cherry juice measured 11 brix. The ripest berries run 13-15 brix. We want to pick them before the birds or other predators get them and don’t mind the fruit being a little on the tart side. I personally like the Carmine Jewel for fresh eating, I like the tartness and find the sweeter varieties lacking that zing that I’m now accustomed to from Carmine Jewel. I pitted a few fresh ones and threw them on pancakes with whipped cream this morning. Tasted so good I didn’t take time to stop for a picture. No added sugar was needed.