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Sometimes recipes give you a quantity of tart cherries in volume (2 cups), sometimes as a weight (4 ounces) and still others the cherries are given as a weight (1 pound of fresh cherries). But what are they really talking about? How many cherries would you need for a recipe?
There are about 7,000 cherries on an average tart cherry tree. It takes about 250 tart cherries to make a cherry pie, so the average tree produces enough cherries for 28 pies.
One pound of pitted cherries equals approximately 80 cherries, and there are between 2 and 2 ½ cups per pound. Therefore, 1 cup contains approximately 32-40 cherries.
There is 1½ cups of cherry juice in a pound of cherries. So if you need 3 cups of cherry juice, you would need 2 pounds of cherries.
There are 4 Cups of whole cherries in a pound of cherries.
The numbers are a little different if you’re talking about sweet cherries:
One pound of sweet fresh stemless cherries with pits yields about 3 cups. Once you remove the pits, the larger size sweet cherries yield between 1½ to 1¾ cups. One cup of fresh, sweet cherries weighs about 5 ounces.
Most of the cherries you find in your grocery store are the sweet variety. So, pay attention to the equivalents when measuring your cherry ingredients.