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Scientific Name: Prunus cerasus
Sour cherry is believed to have been originated in southeast Europe and western Asia as a hybrid between sweet cherry (Prunus avium) and wild cherry (Prunus fruticosa). Sour cherries are under cultivation in Asia Minor and southeastern Europe since ancient times. These were spread throughout Europe by the Romans. Presently, sour cherries are grown commercially all over the world in cold temperate parts. As indicated by name itself, sour cherry fruits are sour in taste. These are therefore mostly mainly used for making jams, preserves, culinary purposes. The fruits are reported to have much higher level of vitamin A than sweet other cherries.