What Is The Difference Between Tart vs. Sweet Cherries?

There is a distinct difference between tart and sweet cherries. Sweet cherries are grown primarily for fresh eating.The most famous sweet cherry variety is the Bing cherry. Bing cherries are a dark red/burgundy color, but there are also lighter sweet cherry varieties such as Ranier and Queen Anne.

Tart cherries, also known as sour cherries, are used for canning and processing to make jams and pies.Tart cherries have a distinct, bright red color.Tart cherries are rarely sold fresh because they are so tart.Montmorency is the only tart cherry grown commercially in the US.