Cherry Season Not Far Off
California Cherry season is just around the corner and we anticipate our first land of cherries the week of May 12th. The cherry season is very short in California and typically lasts 4 to 6 weeks depending on the weather or variety. This year we are anticipating a lighter crop than usual. Some of the trees had uneven bloom at the end of March causing some fruit to come on later and eventually shrivel up and fall off the tree.
Cherries are a small and delicate fruit and need to be handled with extreme care. The fruit starting to size up on the tree can still be damaged if there is heavy rain or wind. Extreme weather can cause the cherries to split or crack and that part of the crop is lost. The cherries dangle together in groups of 2 to 6 pieces of fruit and the wind can cause them to bang up against each other, causing bruising on the shoulders of the fruit, the area near the stem.
Plump sweet red Bing cherries are the most popular variety grown in the Sacramento, Stockton and Lodi areas. Other varieties grown in California include Sequoia, Tulare, Brooks, Chelan, Lapin and Rainier although not all are found organically. California has a combination of nutrient-rich soil, abundant sunshine and mild temperatures, producing sweet fruit. Stay tuned for updates on the first cherry land and learn about the different California varieties as the season progresses.