It can be frustrating to try a new recipe and not understand how much of an ingredient to purchase at the store. Sometimes they give you a quantity of cherries in volume (2 cups), sometimes as a weight (4 ounces) and still others the cherries are given as a produce description (1 pound of fresh sweet Bing cherries). But what are they really talking about? How many cherries in a pound? In order to help make cooking easier we did some experiments to help tell you exactly how many cherries you need to buy.
Basically cherries are either “sour/tart” or “sweet”. The tart or sour ones are smaller and don’t keep very well once they’ve been picked. Sometimes these can be found in the local market but they are more often immediately processed into cans, frozen or dried. They are great when baked into pies, preserves and other desserts. Most of the fresh cherries we see in the grocery store are the sweet ones. These are a luscious treat when you just pop them into your mouth raw!
To answer How many cherries in a cup we went to the local market to check out the fruit section. After surveying the options we found that about 80 unpitted fresh sour cherries weighed about 1 pound. Since there was a wider choice of fresh sweet cherries, we selected 1 pound of these for our how many cherries in a cup testing samples.
One pound of either sweet or sour fresh stemless cherries with pits yields about 3 cups. Once you remove the pits, you’re left with about 2.5 cups of sour cherries where the larger size sweet cherries yield between 1.5 to 1.75 cups. You can squeeze 1.5 cups of cherry juice from 1 pound of sour cherries. Interested in making a cherry pie? You’ll need about 4 to 5 cups or about 250 stemless cherries with pits to produce this pastry.
Did you know that unlike other stone fruits, cherries do not ripen once picked off the tree. Always buy completely ripe cherries but be careful their shelf life is only about 4 days in the refrigerator. In addition to their wonderful fruit, the cherry tree is known for its beautiful flowers.
Next time your recipe calls for a cup of pitted cherries you’ll feel confident knowing what size you need. You can also use our conversion tool below for any custom how many cherries in a... measurements you need. If you are pitting a lot of fresh cherries by hand you should definitely look into getting a good cherry pitter. I would recommend the OXO Cherry Pitter.
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