|Northstar Pie Cherries|
An Old Recipe for Cherry Preserves:
|From Miss Leslie's Directions for Cookery by Eliza Leslie (Philadelphia, 1851 ed.)|
Instead of Morella(o) cherries, I am using a cherry grown on the premises of the historic c.1801 Riversdale House Museum in Riverdale Park, MD. These cherries are called Northstar Pie Cherries and are a tart cherry known for being heavy producers and are quite disease resistant. These cherries were introduced in 1950 and are therefore not quite as historic as the home on the grounds on which they were grown. However, these cherries are sour enough to be a good substitute for morello cherries and are a good choice for this 19th century recipe by Eliza Leslie.
Modern Recipe Adaptation
|Allow the cherries to macerate in the sugar for about one hour.|