Late harvest for Northwest sweet cherries didn’t hurt supply
Fresh Northwest-grown sweet cherries are still available in produce aisles nationwide, but only for a limited time.
As this year’s later-than-usual cherry growing season wraps up, consumers can still get fresh sweet cherries as a grab-and-go snack or lunchbox favorite, and to preserve the nutrient-packed fruit for year-round enjoyment.
This year’s extra-long and extra-late harvest didn’t hurt availability. “What began as a late cherry harvest resulted in having Northwest sweet cherries available to enjoy further into the summer than usual,” said B.J. Thurlby, president of the Northwest Cherry Growers. “We hope cherry lovers will take advantage of the late harvest to stock up. By following some simple preservation tips, they can enjoy sweet cherries and their health benefits — ranging from heart disease and diabetes prevention to reducing gout attacks — all the way until next season.”
Northwest-grown cherries are harvested by more than 2,000 growers across Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah and Montana, who together produce almost all of the cherries found in stores from mid-June through early September. More information about Northwest is at nwcherries.com.