Cherries are particularly delicate fruits, so they are carefully harvested by hand. But that's not all that the Swiss trading company Tobi Seeobst AG and the 155 affiliated cherries production companies do, so that juicy, fine cherries can be served to everyone.
Once the cherries are separated from the tree, the aging process begins. That's why most farms make two delivery trips a day to Tobi during the harvest season, when there's a lot of heat and especially morning and evening picking. There the cherries get an ice water shower, and the core temperature drops from 20-30 ° to 6-8 °, which prolongs the shelf life significantly.
Reduction of crop risks
More than 90% of Tobi cherries grow in protected cultivation: hail nets, rain cover and a net against the cherry vinegar fly provide triple security. Without this, the production risks would be too great: one rain shower and the harvest would be gone, as cherries burst when they are hit by raindrops in their ripe state. A total of 12 main varieties are produced; each farm makes a variety plan with early, mid-early and late varieties, so there are fine cherries from the region for as many weeks as possible. Most fruits come from Eastern Switzerland. In order to reduce regional harvesting risks, however, there are also farms in western and northwestern Switzerland that produce for Tobi.
Strict quality control
At Tobi, the cherries are sorted mechanically by caliber (size) and color and checked for defects such as cracks, bird bites or bruises. There are the standard size with 24-28 mm diameter, premium cherries are 28 mm and larger. 800-1200 tons are processed every year at Tobi. This year promises a good harvest of about 1000 tons with good to very good quality - but since cherries are a natural product, this forecast can change at any time depending on the weather. The cherry enjoyment adventure remains exciting until the end.