2011 sweet cherry pics and report
First let me say that these observations are very preliminary. This is my first good crop and there were major differences between conditions relative to cultivar. Some were in pots, some in the ground. Some needed thinning and some had only a few cherries. The brix numbers should be understood as having an error of + or - 3 or 4 points.
But here are the numbers and observations. The cultivars are listed by order of preference with best at the top.
Selah: 31 brix, very firm and large fruit, good flavor
Sandra Rose: 34 brix, best flavor, large fruit, may be soft
Van: 30 brix, very good flavor, medium size
Royal Rainier: No fruit this year but very good in past
Bing: 23 brix, very good flavor
Lapins: 23 brix, similar to Bing with less flavor
Rainier: 26 brix, too soft
Skeena: 27 brix
Sweetheart 27 brix
Chelan: 23 brix, only good because it's early
Sonata: 27 brix, soft and tart
Regina: 26 brix poor flavor
Royal Helen 29 brix, poor flavor
Royal Edie 27 brix, poor flavor
Some pictures of the fruit.