Cherries

cherriesCherries 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, however there are a few orchards that grow tart pie cherries too.

The popular, Idaho Bing and Lapin 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! Look for Idaho-grown cherries at retail stores like Walmart, Albertsons and Wholefoods as well as 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.

Cherry Basics

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.

Fun Facts:

  • 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.

Idaho Cherry Producers

U-pick Orchards

Cherry Recipes