Cherry: The Top 3 Varieties Grown in France

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If the bigarreau is the favorite cherry of the French, other varieties also appeal to consumers.

80% of cherries produced in France belong to the family of bigarreaux … The favourite cherry of French consumers.

Burlat, star of French production

Variety most cultivated on the French territory, the Burlat alone represents 20% of volumes produced. It owes its creation to a farmer-arboriculturist Rhodanian, Leonart Burlat. En route to the battlefields of the First World War, he has the idea of ​​crossing a cherry tree from the Lyon district of Gerland with a cherry tree. Thus is born a new variety with generous forms and melting flesh that will not bring a penny to its creator. Only one street in Loire-sur-Rhône bears his name, recalling this innovation.

The Sweetheart, recognizable by its tiger envelope

It is in western Canada that we find the origins of Sweetheart . This late variety, harvested until the first week of August, was developed at a farm in Summerland, British Columbia. It is the result of the cross between the Van and the New Star. Its large fruits have a red, shiny and subtly tiger skin.

Regina, the most robust

The greatest asset of Regina ? Its thick envelope, giving it good resistance to bursting. Originally from Germany, this variety of heart-shaped cherry was first grown in its native country and in Belgium before being introduced in France in 1991. Since then, it has been appreciated that its flesh is very sweet and acid.

Cherry chocolate mini-muffin
Cherry chocolate mini-muffin (© Philippe Dufour / Interfel)

Our recipe idea: mini cherry-chocolate muffin

For 4 people: 12 cherries, 2 eggs, 60 g of sugar, 50 g of flour, ½ sachet of baking powder, 150 g of dark chocolate pastry and 80 g of butter.

Preheat the oven to 180 ° C (th 6). In a bowl, break the eggs and beat them with the sugar until a foamy and whitened mixture is obtained. Melt the butter and chocolate in a bowl in the microwave. Count two heating periods of one minute and stir the mixture together. Pour into the bowl and mix. Add flour and yeast. Mix again to obtain a smooth and homogeneous preparation. Wash, dry and then pit the cherries. Divide the chocolate mixture into silicone mini-muffin cups. Lightly press a pitted cherry into each cell. Place in the oven for 15 minutes.

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