Balaton Cherries Live Up to the Hype
I just got my first small crop of Balaton (on Mahaleb rootstock) cherries and they are indeed an acceptable substitute for sweet cherries. I have a Bing beside the Balaton, and taste comparisons between the fully ripe fruit of both puts the Balaton in a very favorable light. The Balaton isn't as sweet or as firm of flesh, but is comparable in flavor. I also have Montmorency, Northstar, and Surefire sour cherries, which Balatons are superior to by an order of magnitude. The RIPE Balatons are suitable for fresh eating by anyone's standards.