|One quart of cherries from just one bush - we have 9 bushes.|
|Nanking bush pie cherries ready to pick.|
|We have helpers; the whole family was involved!|
These are sour cherries, the kind that work best for pies and preserves; as opposed to sweet cherries, the kind that are good for fresh eating. We are all fans of cherry pie, so that was the consensus for our first harvest. The pits seem to be of a cling-free sort and pop out when the fruit is squeezed--as does a bunch of juice. It didn't take too long to pit all of them, to mix with sugar, tapioca, and a dash of almond extract, and to fold under a pie crust.
The result? Homemade cherry pie, no pesticides, herbicides, or chemical fertilizers. Just home-grown goodness from the bush to our plates in a little over an hour. If you are wondering about the variety, these are Nanking Bush Cherries, sold here: http://gurneys.com/nanking-bush-pie-cherry-tree/p/08502/. Product description - Early and extra productive! Produces sweetly scented spring flowers and tremendous crops of tasty fruit. Bears up to 8 qts. of bright red cherries; ripens in June. Grows 6-8 ft. high; looks good in a hurry. For best yield, plant two or more. Zones 2-8
|Mixed with sugar, tapioca, and folded in a crust.|
|The finished product!|