Cherries are a delicious fruit that can be eaten plain or cooked in pies and jams. They are packed with nutrients, including vitamin C, potassium, fiber, and more.
If you’re wondering if there are seedless cherries, the answer is no. First of all, cherries do not have seeds, but instead, have pits or stones. There is no such thing as pitless cherries, either. If you see cherries without pits (think the maraschino variety), this is because the pits were removed during the manufacturing process. Simply put, all cherries naturally have pits in them.
Why Are There No Seedless Cherries?
Cherries are known as stone fruits, and up until now, scientists have been unsuccessful in creating any type of fruit that is entirely stoneless. In 1914, a plant breeder named Luther Burbank came close and created a partially stoneless plum. Since then, modern-day horticulturalists have worked hard to come up with a way to make fruits without stones, to no avail. The truth is, every time they come close, the process they use compromises either the size or the overall quality of the fruit, which affects its commercial value.
How to remove the pit from maraschino cherries?
Can you remove seeds without cherry pitter?
Yes, you can remove seeds without a cherry pitter. You can use a decorating tip or stainless-steel straw or even a chopstick for pitting. Simply insert a straw from the point where you remove the stem from the fruit and push them inside to remove the seed.
What Happens if You Eat a Cherry Pit?
When you chew the pits of cherries, a compound called amygdalin is released, which converts into cyanide in your body. If you accidentally swallow just a few pits, they likely won’t hurt you. But chewing the pits will release amygdalin, so the more seeds you chew, the more cyanide you’ll end up within your system. To save yourself a lot of potential agonies, it’s best to discard all of the cherry pits you encounter as you eat your cherries. The safest place for stones or pits from any type of cherry is in the garbage can.
While it’s much more dangerous to chew the pits than it is to swallow them whole, it’s best not to consume them at all, just to be on the safe side. Some recipes use these pits as an ingredient, but it usually involves cooking them whole and then removing the actual pits once the dish is made.
What are the different ways to pit cherries?
You can remove it like a pro without using different ways. Here we will discuss some ways that include:
Use of chopstick
You can use chopsticks to remove the pit of cherries. It is the easiest way to remove the pit. Simply hold the cheery between fingers and place chopsticks in the stem hole. Then push the chopstick firmly to remove the pit.
You can also use the glass with a small hole to hold a cherry if you don’t like to hold cherries in hand. You can push chopsticks and remove the pit in the glass. These cherries can be used in making no-bake black forest cake.
The surgical method
You can use the surgical method to get the perfect look of cherries and this method works even if cherries are not ripe and their seeds cling to flesh. Put cherries on a cutting board and position the sharp knife on the stem side and press the knife gently until you feel a slight way cheery.
Don’t press too hard otherwise you lose the fruit texture. Now you can remove the seed with your finger. Pull on the cut to expose the pit.
The tearing method
This method is useful when you have no concern about the texture of the fruit. It is suitable for ripe cherries; you can grab the fruit in both hands and tear it to remove the seeds from them. You can use these cherries in simple chilled cherry soup.
The peach pit method
This method is suitable if you want to cut fruit into two halves. Simply remove the stem and position knife there and turn the cherry’s sides clockwise and counterclockwise (in two opposite directions). After that remove the pit by hand. You can use these cherries for cherry cornmeal pancakes.
The paperclip method
You can use the paperclip method, unfold a paper clip in an ‘S’ shape and insert it into the fruit and pull out the pit. You can use pitted cherries in cherry cheesecake brownies.