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cherries

Among the world's oldest cultivated fruits, cherries sweeten summer with their juicy, intoxicating flavor and bright, robust appearance.

While always delectable eaten out of hand, these rosy gems can be incorporated into sweet and savory dishes too. You'll find three different organic, locally grown varieties at PCC — feast on them in July because they'll be gone before you know it! Learn how cherries can help the body fight inflammation.

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Bing

Grown by Mark LaPierre of LaPierre Farms in Zillah, Wash.

The most famous sweet cherry variety, Bings range in color from a deep garnet to almost black. Smooth, glossy skin gives way to firm, deep mahogany red flesh that has a vibrant, juicy flavor and holds up well to cooking.

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Lapin

Grown by George and Apple Otte of River Valley Organics in Tonasket, Wash.

Derived from the French word for “rabbit,” Lapins are some of the largest, juiciest cherries around. Their dark red skin is split resistant, their flesh lighter red in color. Great for snacking, Lapins are long lasting when stored in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

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Rainier

Grown by Mark LaPierre of LaPierre Farms in Zillah, Wash.

Developed in 1952 at Washington State University, Rainiers are prized for their exceptional sweetness and near floral flavor. Their yellow and blushed red skin is thin and therefore fragile, lending them to bruise easily. It’s best to eat them immediately, so you can savor the aromatic, creamy yellow flesh. Top your favorite ice cream with these golden beauties for an extra special treat.

Cherries in the kitchen

Try them in these exceptional recipes.

George and Apple Otte

MEET OUR CHERRY GROWERS
George and Apple Otte

When George and Apple Otte initially moved to Tonasket, Wash. in 1976, they just wanted to pick fruit. Little did they know this dream would turn into their own 18-acre certified organic orchard.

Running a sustainable operation known as River Valley Organics, the Ottes grow apples and pears for the fall, and supply us with their signature Lapin cherries — a variety similar to the classic Bing, but redder in color and extremely juicy with a distinctive crunch.

The Ottes spread out their harvest, selectively picking cherries as they ripen, to ensure we only receive the best product. Read more »

From great relationships, great quality

PCC maintains close relationships with local and regional farmers to provide the best-tasting, freshest produce possible. More than 93 percent of produce sold by PCC is certified organic fruits and vegetables, grown without artificial pesticides or fertilizers. When organic varieties are not available or out of season, we offer high quality, non-organic produce. Learn more about the benefits of organics »

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