Cherries are a type of drupe (stone fruit) such as peaches, apricots, and plums. Rainiers are a type of sweet cherry with splotchy yellow-red skin and a pale interior. Rainier cherries are mostly sweet with a hint of acidity and a rich berry-plum flavor. Although cherries are not true berries, they are commonly grouped together with other berry-like fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries due to flavor. Rainier cherries are one of the most popular varieties limited by their seasonality.
Uses: Eat these fruits raw for their exceptional flavor. Rainier pair exceptionally well with white wines, savory cheeses, and charcuterie.