Sweet Cherry Pie™ – A Sweeter Sour Cherry
Bailey Nurseries of Newport, Minnesota, has introduced a new sour cherry variety (Prunus cerasus ‘Eubank’) for 2014 named Sweet Cherry Pie™. Sour cherries, also known as Morello or tart cherries, are easy to grow and have a wide range of uses in cooking, baking and canning. Sweet Cherry Pie™ is considered one of the few “sweet” tart cherries on the market and was developed by Bill Eubank, a Wisconsin orchardist living near River Falls. Although the fruit of this new variety can be eaten fresh right from the tree, it is primarily a culinary fruit and makes fabulous pies, tarts, jams and cakes. The cherries are richly flavored with a good tang, and firm flesh that does not get mushy during cooking.
Tart cherry trees can be grown in much the same conditions as an apple or pear tree, although they have a slight increased demand for nitrogen. Cherry trees will grow in a wide range of soil types, but will not survive long in heavy clay soils where water accumulates for an extended period of time. They also do poorly in shallow or very sandy soils. The ideal soil for growing cherries is a gravelly or sandy loam that is deep, easy to work and well drained. Because cherries bloom quite early (Sweet Cherry Pie™ blooms in early May) the site selected for planting should be chosen with frost protection in mind. All tart cherry cultivars are self-compatible and will set fruit with their own pollen.
Sweet Cherry Pie™ makes an excellent tree for the home orchard reaching 15 feet tall and 12 feet wide at maturity. The tree is easily grown in a lawn setting.