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I had seen Rainier cherries a couple of times on various foodblogs and had also read that they are not really something easily found in Europe, so when we were shopping for our barbecue the other then at the Hanos, I was pleasantly surprised to see them there! Ofcourse I had to buy them as I had never tried them before and was anxious to find out how they tasted. They weren’t exactly cheap but o my god…. they were so worth it!!

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I was initially planning on incorporating them into some kind of dish or dessert but they were just to good so we ate them all as they were… Gone in a blink… πŸ™‚

You still wouldn’t find these in a normal store and I am sure the ones I bought don’t do very well in terms of food miles, but well, you have to indulge every once in a while. The taste is much sweeter then regular cherries and the texture of the fruit is also slightly different. Apart from the obvious colordifference.

They look like mini nectarines!

Does anyone know where they originate from? I believe I read somewhere that they are grown in the US, but I’m not entirely sure if I remember that correctly.

I would love to have more of these, but I think the cherry season is probably also coming to an end and it was the first time I had seen them there anyway. It’s a specialty store for restaurants etc. so not a regular store.

Kreativ+Blogger+AwardAnd what happened to me last week is that I received an award simultaneously from two of blogger friends! How fun is that…! It’s the creative Blogger Award and I received it from Jamie at Life’s a feast and from Missy at Sweet Crumbs. Thanks so much guys!!


And here are the rules of the award

1. Thank the person who nominated you for this award.20090802-8785-199x300
2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3. Link to the person who nominated you for this award.
4. Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting.
5. Nominate 7 Kreativ Bloggers.
6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.
7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know they have been nominated.

So I would like to nominate the following people for the Kreativ Blogger award, because I love reading their blogs and think they are fantastic foodbloggers and foodie-friends.

Lisa from Lisa is Cooking

Sophie from Sophies foodiefiles

Christie and Ian from Coco Bean and me

Olga from Mango and Tomato

Valerie from The chocolate bunny

Esi from Dishing up delights

Reeni from CinnamonSpice and everything nice

And now for the hardest part. Telling you 7 things about myself that you don’t know yet…..

1. I have been a vegetarian for about 2 years when I was in my twenties.

2. When I was young I used to spend every wednesday and saturday on the farm of my friends parents. Milking the cows, feeding the chickens, I even helped with the birth of many calves and little piglets.

3. Between my 25th and 30th year, I moved house about 20 times… and that is a LOT!

4. I have two differently sized thumbs. πŸ™‚ One is short and bulky and the other is long and better looking… It’s genetic, my dad has the same but he has it also on his toes!!

5. I hate brussels sprouts

6. Both Tom and I are huge Buffy the vampire slayer fans… (well, I know it stopped ofcourse…)

7. I’m an aquarius

Well, not sure if those were very enlightening facts, but couldn’t think of anything else… πŸ™‚


About the author

Simone van den Berg

Food- and travelblogger from the Netherlands. Loves good food. Loves to taste good food the world over.
She also loves to share travelstories, delicious recipes and ok, cat pictures too. She sometimes feels the need to get really healthy for a while, always mingled with periods of insanely delicious sweets and other decadent treats.
Lives together with Tom and their two cats; Humphrey and Buffy.
Profession: Food photographer


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  • I’ve never tried Rainier cherries Simone and have also seen a lot bout them on the net. I’m sure enjoying them simply was the best way. Thanks for sharing all that info with us too…I can’t believe you moved 20 times in 5 years! I would have gone insane!

  • Beautiful pictures! It’s cherry season here too, and I’m so happy! I haven’t seen any Rainier cherries at my usual market, though…

    Thank you so much for the award, that’s so sweet of you! πŸ™‚ I’m very touched!

  • Ah, two of us thought of you for this award! Goes to show that you deserve it! And I love hearing these little nothings, personal trivia about people. I do feel like I know you better! Funny about the thumbs, cool about your youthful farm experience and about being an Aquarian (me too!). And the cherries are beautiful. Sadly, I too finally bought cherried just at the end of cherry season.

  • We got our first Rainier Cherries of the year yesterday, 3 lbs & they did not even make way to the fridge.. all were gone between the 4 of us immediately. I did manage to take some pcitures πŸ˜‰ Few years back we had gone cherry picking in upstate NY & they had more Rainier Cherries trees than the red one & I like them better than the bing cherries.

    i don’t like moving.. done that a lot.. not 20 tho….

  • We got our first Rainier Cherries of the year yesterday, 3 lbs & they did not even make way to the fridge.. all were gone between the 4 of us immediately. I did manage to take some pcitures πŸ˜‰ Few years back we had gone cherry picking in upstate NY & they had more Rainier Cherries trees than the red one & I like them better than the bing cherries.

    i don’t like moving.. done that a lot.. not 20 tho….

  • Congrats on your award – and thanks for passing it on to me. That was so sweet of you. And I really enjoyed getting to know you better, fellow Aquariun!

  • I grew up near a cherry producing farm, but have never seen these beauties. I think any dessert would have spoiled their natural beauty!!!

  • Simone, congrats on your 2 latest awards!! Well deserved I say! I love rainier cherries!

    That was lovely to know a few things more about you!! hahahaha,..;I love Brussels sprouts!

    Thanks for passing the Kreative Blogger award to me!! I am truly honoured!
    Recently, I got the same award from Jamie too!


  • Congrats on your awards and thank you so much for giving us one! I love winning these blog awards, and I love hearing about everyones “7 things you didn’t know about me!” 20 moves eh, wow that really is a lot, and not liking Brussels sprouts??? You would get along great in my family, except I am the only one who likes them!

    Those cherries all of a sudden are showing up everywhere here in Canada at the farmers markets and in the supermarkets. They really are delicious!

  • I had never heard of these but was intrigued. Here’s what I found

    Rainier cherries are especially large, sweet cherries developed by researchers at Washington State University. These cherries are highly prized in the Pacific Northwest for their superb flavor.
    These cherries were bred in 1952 by crossing the well-known Bing variety with the Van cultivar. The result was an unusually large golden to orange cherry with sweet yellow flesh. The pomologists who developed the Rainier cherry named it after Mount Rainier, a landmark in Washington State, and a number of cherry orchards began producing the crop commercially.
    The window of opportunity for obtaining Rainier cherries is small; they come into season in late June, and vanish by mid-July.

  • I’ve seen them before, but I have never tried them. They look so pretty and with your nice comments about them I’ll make sure to pick some up next time I see them.

  • Ah, Ranier Cherries.
    One of my favorite things. They’re always pricier than their plain, red counterparts. But, I always end up splurging at least once during the season. They’re just too irresistible.

    Now… as far as brussels sprouts go, we’ve got to get you on board with those! πŸ™‚ I’m thinking you just haven’t met the right sprouts…

  • I love rainier cherries! Well to be honest I love most every type of cherry, but rainier is probably my favorite. I usually buy a big bag to make something with but end up eating them all before I can make anything out of them:)

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