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.
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.
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.
"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!"