This recipe is just what you need to make beautiful ruby coloured Sour Cherry Jam. Made with sour cherries and amaretto, it’s the perfect combination of sweet and tart.
Pucker Up It’s Sour Cherry Season
The middle of August means so many things are happening at once. Garden produce is at it’s peak, berries are ripe for the picking, and I’m busy preserving as much of the Summery goodness as I can. Sour Cherry season is short and sweet (or should I say tart?) and this year the bushes are loaded with tiny ruby globes.
What is the difference between Sweet Cherries and Sour Cherries?
Sadly, our yard doesn’t have any sour cherry trees and I don’t know anyone with fruit to spare. Luckily, I always seem to find them at local markets during their short season. They’re not cheap but are so worth grabbing whenever you can find them. Look for small, bright red fruit with soft flesh. Unlike sweet cherries, sour cherries are quite tart and aren’t enjoyable when eaten raw.
Classic sour cherry cultivars are Morello and Montmorency with Nanking and Evans varietals the most commonly grown in Canada. The University of Saskatchewan has had a dwarf sour cherry breeding program since the 1940’s. Carmine, Crimson, Cupid, Juliet, Romeo, and Valentine are all super hardy varieties that can withstand long prairie winters.
What Can I Do With Too Many Cherries?
If you are one of the lucky ones with an abundant sour cherry harvest, have no fear! There are many ways to use up all those cherries. Here are a few ideas:
- Sour Cherry Jelly
- Amaretto Cherry Pie
- Evan’s Cherry Ginger Oat Crumble Bars
- Amarene Sciroppate (Sour Cherries in Syrup)
- No Bake Evans Sour Cherry Coconut Bars
Getting Ready to Make Sour Cherry Jam
It’s hard to believe but this recipe tastes more complicated than it really is. The most labour intensive part is pitting all those tiny cherries. I use a regular cherry pitter and it works just fine. Adding the the amaretto really adds a depth of flavour of this jam. However, sincee the amaretto is added at the beginning, all of the alcohol is boiled out while the jam cooks. That means there’s no boozy taste at all.
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