I'd like to spotlight one of my favourite items that we have at the market: cherries! The good news is that they are still around.. but only for another month or so, so load up and enjoy while you can. We know that many of our market patrons value buying local (at the SWEFM, that largely means keeping at least 80% of our goods made, baked, grown or raised in Alberta). In this context, we'd encourage you to come to the market, or to visit other markets and fruit stands, to purchase BC cherries, in support of the Canadian economy.
Did you know that British Columbia grows 95% of Canada's cherries? It is no secret that Canadian Cherries are the finest in the world. Grown in the interior of British Columbia, these Cherries boast some of the highest Brix (sugar) content on the planet. The BC climate is perfect for growing these juicy little gems!
The cherry fruit is part of the Rosaceae (rose) family, which also includes almonds, peaches, apricots, and plums. They are considered one of the low-calorie fruits, and have powerful anti-oxidant properties. These little beauties pack a lot of punch when it comes to flavor. Be sure to buy cherries while you still can; their season is quite short .
Visit the following vendors at the SWEFM to get the freshest cherries in Edmonton
- Steve & Dan's Fresh BC Fruit
- Red Apple
- AIG Produce Osoyoos
- Organic Box
Many of these vendors sell both regular and Rainier cherries; be sure to give both a try! "Rainiers" are considered a premium type of cherry. They are sweet with a thin skin and thick creamy-yellow flesh.
Random Cherry Facts:
Canada holds the record for baking the biggest cherry pie in the world. A pie weighing 39,683 pounds was baked in Oliver, British Columbia
Traditional folk healers often advocate sour cherries to treat gout.
It is believed the Romans discovered this fruit in Asia Minor around 70 BC.
About 1/3 of a Rainier cherry orchard's crop is eaten by birds