Rainier cherries are also known as the "white cherry" because they have white, creamy flesh and the skin is yellowish-red blush once they're ripe.
Scientific Binomial Name: Prunus avium
Rainier Cherries are one of the sweetest and tastiest of all cherries and can be a dessert all by themselves!
A good-quality Rainier cherry will be large, firm and have yellow and red blush coloring. Rainier cherries usually have some skin discoloration, slight scuffing or brown spotting which often indicates high sugar content.
Avoid Rainier cherries that are soft, have wrinkled skin, are leaking and sticky or that have any visible signs of decay. Immature cherries will be smaller and less juicy while over-mature product will be soft, dull and wrinkled.
Rainier Cherries are available late-June to early-August with the peak in June.
Washington State is the largest supplier with cherries also grown in Oregon, California and imported from Canada and Chile.
Rainier Cherry Nutritional Information
Serving Size: 1 cup (140g)
Amount Per Serving
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Source: PMA's Labeling Facts
Rainier cherries are Low in fat, Sodium-free and Cholesterol-free. They're also a source of fiber and vitamin C.
Rainier Cherry Tips & Trivia
- The Rainier Cherry was created in 1952 at Washington State University by Harold Fogle.
- The Rainier cherry is a cross between Bing and Van cherries.
- Rainier cherries are also known as the "white cherry" because they have white flesh and the skin is yellowish-red blush once they're ripe.
- In Japan, Rainier cherries often sell for a dollar each.