Carmine Jewel is a dark red, almost black fruit and is said to be the first tart cherry to ripen. The dark red pigment goes throughout the fruit, which may indicate high levels of anthocyanins. This could put them in the category of a superfruit in terms of nutritional value, specifically for antioxidants. Products like pies and jams made from the fruit are considered gourmet by those familiar with other pie cherries.
Picking season: mid June
Fruit size: medium, 3,5g
Fruit colour: dark reddish black
Growth habit: trees are small, spreading
Start to bear fruit: early
Cropping: consistently highly productive
Bearing regularity: regular
Self-fertility: partially self-fertile but produce larger harvests when planted with another variety
Blossom frost-resistance: some resistance
Cold hardiness: very good
Suitable for organic or no-spray culture: yes
General disease-resistance: very good
Carmine Jewel is a hybrid cherry developed and released from a breeding program in Canada. Original breeding work was done by Dr. Les Kerr in the 1940s and later by the University of Saskatchewan. The hybrid cross between pie cherries (Prunus cerasus) and dwarf ground cherry (Prunus fruiticosa) is the parentage for this very cold hardy bush cherry.