Have you ever seen yellow cherries? These are a variety called Rainier. We picked these, and the darker red Bing cherries, from a cherry farm at the western tip of the Mojave Desert. The desert in general isn’t exactly ideal for a cherry farm, but this one is in a small elevated valley with it’s own perfect cherry-growing climate.
Raniers are great for snacking, but these cherries ended up in pies. My former mother-in-law has the best pie crust recipe in the world. In the WORLD, I tell ya! So we braved a scorching hot June afternoon and picked these beauties solely for a legitimate excuse to indulge in homemade, hot-from-the-oven, melt-in-you-mouth pie crust.