Cherries are one of the first fruits available in Idaho with harvest as early as June and lasting through July and August. Idaho grows mostly sweet varieties, but you can find tart pie cherries in a few orchards. The popular, IdahoBing and Lapin cherries are large, dark, and firm with exceptional flavor. This delicate fruit is harvested by hand and delivered to market at the peak of freshness. Idaho also produces lighter-skinned cherry varieties like Lamberts, Rainiers, and Royal Anns. Idaho’s cherry season is short so enjoy this delicious fruit while you can! Look for Idaho-grown cherries at retail stores and your local farmers markets, co-ops, and smaller retailers and farm stands. Or try harvesting your own at one of our wonderful 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.