Montmorency is the definitive American cherry pie variety. It is easy to grow and makes a good first cherry tree for a cook's garden or orchard.
Montmorency is an acid or sour cherry, grown for culinary use rather than eating fresh. It has yellow flesh and the juice is clear, and is known as an "Amarelle" type, in contrast with the "Morello" type which has darker-red skin.
Most tart cherries contain melatonin, a natural anti-oxidant substance which is also involved in regulating sleeping and wakefullness - but Montmorency is thought to have particularly high levels.
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Montmorency is self-fertile, no pollination partner is required. It is an early-season cherry, ripening at the start of July.
The tree is easy to grow, very cold-hardy, and productive.
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The origins of Montmorency are not clear, but it is thought to come from 17th century France. It has long been the staple acid cherry variety used by commercial orchards in North America, particularly in Michigan.