Lapin cherries are distinguished by their deep ruby red colored skin and their lush, plump size. The fruit's surface is smooth and rounded with a slight heart-shape and lustered finish. They produce flavors that are rich and sweet, without a trace of tartness. The texture is meaty and succulent with a juicy mouthfeel.
The first documentation of cherry cultivation dates as far back as 4000 B.C.E., with the domestication of early wild cherry varieties. Centuries later with the sophistication of breeding techniques, cherries like the Lapin emerged. The Lapin cherry was named for cherry breeding pioneer and horticulturist, Dr. Karl Lapin. Dr Lapin developed the cherries in the late 1930's for the Agriculture Canada Research Station in British Columbia. Lapin cherry trees flourish in Mediterranean climates and temperate climatic zones that experience four seasons. Trees are deep rooting; they will reach 15 feet in length and if pruned when dormant, produce lush white flowers and prolific fruit harvests.
Dark and sweet cherry varieties like the Lapin, are ideal for making the iconic cherry derived brandy known as Cherry Heering. invented in 1818, this richly colored and flavored liquor is darker than Kirsch or Maraschino liqueur and has a more pure cherry flavor. It is pivotal in making the classic pre-prohibition era cocktails such as, Blood and Sand and Singapore Sling.