Cherries (Cerises)

Some random facts about cherries in France, when is French cherry season and links to easy and healthy cherry recipes (mainly French)

crates of dark cherries

Some Random Facts About French Cherries

  • The Bigarreau cherry is the most popular variety in France and there are many varying cherry colours of sweetness and acidity that belong to its family (e.g. Burlat being most popular, Summit and Van);
  • As cherry season is so short, to enjoy cherries all year round, they are candied in the Luberon, the region with the most cherries in France. Glacé cherries are most famous from the town of Apt (at AptUnion – my parents-in-law live next door!);
  • According to AptUnion, the Bigarreau Napoléon cherry variety is best for candying to make glacé cherries, thanks to its firm white flesh;
  • The Montmorency cherry is a particularly acidic variety grown since the 17th Century in Île-de-France and popular in jams and preserves;
  • Two varieties which carry on the season into July in France are both the Canada Giant and La Sweatheart
  • Other dark cherry varieties include: La Earlise, La Early Red.

Cherry Season in France

Summer. End May – mid July.

Recipes with Cherries

Chocolate Cherry Macaron Ganache

From the kitchen