Picking Orondo Ruby Cherries In the Summer
About
the Ruby

History

The Orondo Ruby cherry was discovered by orchardist Marcus Griggs in 2001, alongside the Columbia River in the small town of Orondo, Washington. The Orondo Ruby tree was originally found in a Rainier cherry orchard. Marcus noticed this unique tree's cherries always ripened earlier and had a more vibrant red color than his other Rainier cherries. The most important difference, however, was that these cherries were bursting with sweet, juicy and delicious new flavors.

Developing the Variety

In 2008, Marcus received a patent for his new cherry variety and decided to grow the Orondo Ruby cherries on his own. Since then, Marcus and his family at G&C Farms have been working diligently to plant thousands of new trees so they can bring Orondo Ruby cherries to you every summer!

The Experience

It's impossible to eat just one Orondo Ruby! These gems stand out from other varieties because of their striking color and incredible array of delectable flavor.


Appearance

The Orondo Ruby is graced with an unblemished bright red skin and a golden yellow flesh. It is a medium- to large-sized cherry, with a perfectly crisp yet tender texture.

Flavor

Extra sweet and juicy! A blend of high sugar and high acid levels gives the cherry its distinctive and delicious flavors. (The Orondo Ruby has up to 20% higher sugar/brix levels than the Rainier cherry!)

Health Benefits

Good news for cherry lovers! Cherries are a significant source of potassium and contain vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, calcium, iron, folate and selenium. They also contain several phytonutrients that research suggests may help to fight cancer.

Availability

The Orondo Ruby is harvested in the summer months, beginning in late June or early July.


Chef's Review

Cynthia Nims

Mon Appétit, LLC

Texture/Aroma

This cherry has a wonderful firm, resilient texture that doesn't seem as soft as other cherries. There is a near springiness to the bite, with good levels of juiciness. The cherry maintains good texture and flavor when cooked (using a clafoutis recipe as a sole sample to date), just not as complex as in its fresh form. Aroma is very slight, though I find cherries typically don't have much distinct aroma in the raw state as do other fruits.

Flavor

Complexity is a key characteristic of this cherry's flavor. I found that the flavor developed in three distinct waves. At first, a pleasant tartness, which gives way to a hint at exotic fruits (mango, pineapple), then finally rounds out with a buttery richness, almost like butterscotch. It's a surprising array of flavors out of one little cherry. There's an overall brightness in the flavor that extends across the whole spectrum.

Overall Impressions

This is a very interesting cherry that easily stands out alongside the Rainier and dark sweet cherries. The color tones are lovely – in these samples at least it seems a distinctly different coloration than other market cherries. The flavor really is distinct and delicious.

Featured Comments

"Wow, great new product. Nice taste, not too sweet and super texture. We kept a bowl on the kitchen counter for snacking and by day two and three, they seemed to gain a bit of sweetness, which was fine, but the best was they held their firmness. Worth another trip to the Issaquah QFC for these Rubies."

"A few minutes ago I was fortunate enough to have my first Orondo Ruby cherries. These cherries are large, firm, colorful and bursting in flavor. They rate a 10 on a scale of 1 to 10. I am in cherry heaven."

"First experience with Orondo Ruby cherries and absolutely love the distinct sweet taste.  Couldn't eat just one, they are sweet but not too sweet or tart.  Will definitely buy more!"

"Fabulous cherries! I bought a box on a whim at Safeway (liked the color). My husband and I agree, they are some of the best cherries ever. The flavor is consistent from cherry to cherry too."