First cherries in British Columbia being harvested

From Fresh Plaza | 29 June 2022

Overview of cherries from British Columbia in the U.S. market, complemented by charts from Agronometrics. Original published on June 28, 2022. 

After what could be one of the longest waits between blossom and harvest, Canadian cherries are ready for harvest.

Cherries in Tieton (above) in the town of Oliver in the Okanagan Valley, just 25km north of the US border, were starting to be picked yesterday June 27, which marked the beginning of the 2022 season.

Temperatures continue to be well below average for the whole of June. But now more typical temperatures in the high 20s / low 30s (80-90F) are emerging and the upcoming forecast is ideal, giving high hopes for the quality and flavor Canadian cherries are famous for.

Cherries in the Kelowna area are all still green, showing that there are many weeks of continuous supply ahead. The start of Lapins in Kelowna is forecast for around July 25th, which is as late as any season seen in the past 20 years since Global Fruit was established.

In Creston, traditionally the latest cherry region in Canada, it’s only just reaching ‘June drop’ when the trees naturally abort some fruit. This is a very late ‘drop’ and Global Fruit doesn’t anticipate picking a single cherry in that area before August. It will continue the harvest into September with Staccato, Sentennial and Sovereign if weather permits.

cherry volumes by origin 12

Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics.
(Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here)

The Global Fruit Team looks forward to helping customers plan a fantastic 2022 Canadian cherry season.

cherry volumes by histor 19

Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics.
(Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here)

The News in Charts is a collection of stories from the industry complemented by charts from Agronometrics to help better tell their story.

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