How are cherries harvested?

After an orchard is planted, it takes about 6 years until it produces its first major crop. California cherries for the fresh market are harvested by hand leaving the stem, or pedicels, intact.

How are cherry trees harvested?

Each cherry is hand-picked from the tree! They usually come off the tree in small clusters, which are made into singles once on the packing line. We hand-picked sweet cherries because it’s the best way to avoid bruising, and maintain the fresh-off-the-tree firmness and dessert quality.

Are cherries picked by hand or machine?

Cherries have to be picked by hand, and carefully to avoid damaging both the fruit and the tree, which could harm next year’s crop. All the hired hands needed for harvest add up—more than half of the cost of cherry production is in harvesting.

Are cherry pickers used to pick cherries?

Mechanical cherry pickers have been around since the mid-1900s. Today’s models are used primarily for industrial applications instead of cherry picking. Although the device doesn’t pick cherries, it can get you closer to the fruits without the use of a ladder.

Why are cherries picked at night?

Nighttime harvest can provide fruit that retains significantly better internal and external quality: sugars, acids, flavor compounds, color, firmness, etc. Even the mechanical act of separating fruit from stem or pruning can be easier at night, when the crop plant and its parts are less stressed.

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How are cherries shipped?

Cherries are transported in well-perforated fruit crates, cartons or crates. Refrigerated container with fresh air supply or controlled atmosphere. Cherries have delicate skin and must therefore be treated with appropriate care during cargo handling, since injury to the fruit skin results in rapid spoilage.

Do cherries continue to ripen after being picked?

Like the other non-climacteric fruits, cherries, grapes and citrus fruits don’t ripen once they’re severed from the plant. What you see in the store is what you will get at home, and all of these fruits should be stored in the fridge to keep them from going bad. Don’t let your perfectly-picked produce go to waste!