Monday, May 16, 2016
Trader Joe's Dark Morello Cherries In Light Syrup
I'm not what anybody would call an expert on cherries. I just know that I like them. I had never heard of morello cherries. But I've had a lot of home-canned cherries in my life, and never ran into any that I didn't love. I assumed that these would be pretty much the same.
I was wrong. These are extremely tart/sour--on the edge of being unpleasantly so. They are similar in flavor to the cherries found in canned cherry pie filling, but quite a bit more tart. They are not--repeat, NOT--sweet cherries.
I found that this quality made it hard to enjoy them. After half a dozen, I've had about all the tartness I can stand. If these were sweet cherries, I could guzzle them.
I gather from Wikipedia that morello cherries are one variety of sour cherries, Prunus cerasus.
Will I buy it again?
Sadly, no. Too sour for my taste. I'll stick with the lovely frozen cherries that TJ's sells.
A funny thing happened between the writing of the above and the publication of this post: I ate more of the cherries. And they were not as sour as my first impression of them had it.
In retrospect, it's clear to me what happened. I went at the first tasting expecting sweet cherries, so these seemed exceedingly sour. Then I had fixed in my mind that these were exceedingly sour cherries, and with that expectation, when I sat down a few days later to a second helping, I was surprised to find that they were sour, but not exceedingly sour. This is obviously the interplay of sensation with expectation.
I still don't like them enough to buy more. But I'm going to enjoy finishing off this jar of them. With my expectation more closely aligned with reality, it's easier to appreciate them for what they are.