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Dominican cherries are in season! A sure sign that summer has arrived is when we start to see them around the markets, the streets and in your backyard.
It wouldn’t be half bad having some fresh and delicious cherry juice all day, especially with this heat, right? Mmm… enjoying exquisite cherry desserts and sweets, admiring the sunset or even spending time with your families and friends in Casa de Campo with some dessert – cherry clafouti and chocolate, cherry cobbler, the famous Dominican dessert: “sweet cherry”, made by grandma… Yum, my mouth is watering thinking about it!
In the Dominican Republic Cherry trees only bear fruit from June to July, and given that they cannot be found out of season, that makes them all the more irresistible!
But did you know there are two types of cherries? And although they look quiet similar, they taste very different. The ones we find here in the Dominican Republic- Dominican cherries -are tropical or sour cherries (Prunus cerasus), their color ranges from yellow to orange to pink to red, and they are sour.
Meanwhile sweet cherries (Prunus avium) grown in Europe are larger, sweeter and are a deep wine red.
In Europe, cherries tend to be eaten on their own as a snack, here Dominican cherries, given their sour flavor, are used (with sugar) for all kinds of desserts and drinks. At this time of year cherry juice is very popular – in fact at Shish Kebab in La Romana they make a great cherry juice using cherries grown on their own terrace. Click here to read more about Shish Kebab.
In addition to all kinds of flowers, within Casa de Campo all kinds of fruits can be found flourishing, and at this time of year alongside the mangoes and the avocados, Dominican cherries can also be found. We spotted the ones pictured here in Altos de Chavón.
What else could I say about Dominican cherries? I’m craving a bowl terribly now… Oh dear…
They are both phenomenal and irresistible! Their unique sour taste, their radiant reddish color and small circular shape make them a wonderful treat, but the fact that they also have all sorts of medicinal properties and are rich in vitamins, iron, calcium, and potassium just makes them spectacular.
Let’s eat Dominican cherries!