(KCBS) – An 8-row cherry is a lot bigger than a 12-row cherry. KCBS Food and Wine Editor Narsai David explains it’s been the tradition to count how many cherries were lined up in row in packing boxes. So an 8-row cherry is more than an inch in diameter.

The quality of cherries is really based on the ripeness, maturity, and flavor, not size. But when you get a great big one and pop it in your mouth the explosion you get makes it seem a lot better than the smaller ones.

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There’s a small cherry stand in Santa Clara called C.J. Olson Cherries that’s been around for over a hundred years and these are the best cherries I’ve had this year. They offer several packages. The Sweetheart Pleasure Pack is a 1 lb box full of cherries for $19.99. The Sweetheart Perfect Pack includes a 1.75 lb box of individually selected cherries that are packed in neat rows for $35. And these are just amazing!

– Narsai David, KCBS Food and Wine Editor

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More info:

C.J. Olson Cherries
Phone: (800)-738-BING (2464)
Fax: (408) 736-1200
Email: info@cjolsoncherries.com
Historic Sunnyvale Stand
348 W. El Camino Real
Sunnyvale, CA 94087

Stand Hours:
Monday – Friday 8:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday – Sunday 9:00am – 6:00pm
www.cjolsoncherries.com/cherries/freshcherries.html

Narsai David is the KCBS Food and Wine Editor. He has been a successful restaurateur, chef, TV host, and columnist in the Bay Area spanning four decades.

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