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C. J. Olson Cherries

Krys | May 16, 2005 02:37 PM

Olson grows the best cherries in the world.

I refuse to qualify that with an IMO. It is just a fact. I make a special trip every year for their Bing Cherries.

I talked to Debra Olson yesterday and she said the Bings will be available by the end of the month.

Also a reminder later in the month their Blenheim apricots and Santa Rosa plums are the standard to judge all others in this variety.

Olson also sells top of the line fruit from other growers, but those three items, picked fresh from the orchards that day are a reason to make a trip from any distance.

Currently they had five types of cherries, burlats, tulare, brooks and rainer. There was a less ripe version of Brooks being sold. One of the Olsons said some customers liked the more tart, under ripe berries. I did like them. If memory serves, Olson also has a limited run of sour cherries, but you pretty much have to call them and reserve.

I was surprised that three of the varietes are from Olson's orchards. I only thought they grew Bings and the white queen ann cherries.

The Brooks were amazing. Huge perfect berries that exploded in your mouth with everything that was good in cherries. It was like a juicy cherry festival in your mouth ... sheesh ... to put it a little less over the top ... they were excellent.

Prices are high. Great if you are in the area. However, I think that most farmers markets compare favoriably with what is now available at Olsons

But ... when the Bings are ready ... no one matches them ... ditto the apricots and plums ... worth a trip.


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