Cherries are one of the first fruits available in Idaho with harvest as early as June, and into July and August. Idaho grows mostly sweet varieties such as Bings and they are consumed almost as fast as they are put on the market. Idaho Bing cherries are large, dark, and firm with exceptional flavor. They are harvested by hand and delivered to the market at the peak of freshness. Idaho also produces lighter-skinned varieties such as Lambert, Rainier, and Royal Ann cherries.
Idaho’s cherry season is short so enjoy this delicious fruit while you can! Find Idaho cherries at Farmers Markets, grocery stores, farm stands, and U-pick orchards.
What to Look For: Always look for shiny, plump cherries with fresh green stems and dark coloring for their variety.
How to Store: Keep cherries unwashed and stems attached, in a paper bag, loosely-covered container, or loosely closed plastic bag in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use them.
- Idaho ranks 5th in the nation in sweet cherry production.
- Idaho cherries are of the “sweet cherry” family, which includes the dark Bing Cherry as well as lighter Lambert, Rainier and Royal Ann cherries.
- A mature cherry tree will produce around 7,000 cherries each year.
- Idaho cherries are an excellent source of Vitamin A, C and E. They also provide potassium, magnesium, iron and fiber.
- Bing Cherry Ice Cream
- Cherry Bruschetta
- Chocolate Cherry Pie
- Gluten Free Cherry Cobbler
- Cherry Barley Salad
- Idaho Trout with Caramelized Cherries