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Cherry pie

Maybe pie cherries aren’t as hard to find as I had thought. I usually rush through Whole Foods as quickly as possible, but last week I took my time and did some browsing. I was greatly surprised to see that they have canned cherries. I bought two cans, enough for a nine-inch pie.

It’s inevitable that pie cherries will be pricey. These were $5.79 a can at Whole Foods. Amazon carries them, but I had balked at the price. Previously the Oregon cherries were $7.07 a can at Amazon. The price has come down to $6.19 per can, sold in a four-can pack. I’ve ordered four cans of cherries, not because I plan to make a lot of cherry pie but because the canned cherries have a two-year expiration date, and it’s a good thing to have in the cabinet for company.

I used the recipe from the 1943 edition of Erma Rombauer’s The Joy of Cooking. It’s a traditional basic recipe. The recipe calls for tapioca flour as the thickener. I substituted corn starch. Berry pies, in my opinion, should always be just a touch runny and crumbly. The pie was perfect.

If I could, I think I’d live off of pies. Pies have a kind of medieval magic about them, not just dessert pies but also savory pies with a top crust. Cherry pie, in my opinion, is the prince of pies.

Here is a hat tip to Dan, who mentioned in a comment a while back that Stark Brothers, the mail-order tree nursery, has cherry trees. Cherry trees were impossible to find locally. I’ve ordered a Montmorency cherry tree, which is to be delivered in early March.


  1. MHK wrote:

    The Trader Joe’s in WS sold morello cherries in a 32 ounce jar that I used for cherry cobbler. The cherries were a product of Germany and were excellent. Unfortunately the product has been discontinued.
    I agree with your assessment of pies…both sweet and savory. Good to know that Whole Foods carries this product.

    Sunday, January 16, 2022 at 8:56 am | Permalink
  2. daltoni wrote:

    Hi MHK: I’m not surprised that the cherries came from Germany. I often think that pie cherries are going extinct around here. I was excited to learn that Levering Orchards north of Mount Airy grows cherries, until I discovered that they grow only dark cherries.

    Sunday, January 16, 2022 at 9:41 am | Permalink

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