[NAFEX] need help with cherry ID

Richard Kruse richkrus at gvtel.com
Mon Aug 2 19:32:43 EDT 2004

If you had described the fruit as having virtually no stem, and numerous
along the branch of the plant, I might have said Nanking.  My wife and I
pitted enough of these to make a pie a few years before Bali (Evans). ( I
planted the pits of course)

Dick Kruse, Zone 3, MN
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mark Lee" <markl at nytec.com>
To: "'North American Fruit Explorers'" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Monday, August 02, 2004 2:56 PM
Subject: [NAFEX] need help with cherry ID

> I was recently in Hailey, Idaho near Sun Valley.  While playing in a
> city park with my kids, I found some 4 foot tall bushes that had leaves
> that looked similar to beech.  The branches were loaded with small
> cherries, about 1/2 inch diameter.  Unlike chokecherries that are very
> round and glossy, these mystery cherries were like sweet cherries in
> miniature without any sheen.  The color was hot orangy-red, like
> Montmorency tart cherries.  Inside were tiny appropriately scaled cherry
> pits.  The flavor was neither bitter nor sour, just slightly fruity and
> maybe a little sweet.  It was like someone took my pie cheery tree from
> back home, shrunk it down to a bush, took away the dominant sour flavor,
> and replaced the normal cherry leaves with beech leaves.  I wish I had
> photos, but the handful of fruit I gabbed has now turned to a fermented
> mush.  Any ideas what this mystery fruit is?
> -Mark Lee, Seattle
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