The cherry season is in full swing in Central Asian countries and is just beginning in Georgia. In Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, the season started later than usual while in Georgia the season started at the usual time. In Moldova and Ukraine, the beginning of the cherry season will also be delayed.
In Uzbekistan, cherries of a modest quality and mainly, of a small caliber are supplied to the wholesale markets. It is not yet possible to find large calibers, even by local standards, 26+, in the wholesale market. And even so, cherries close to caliber 26 with a dark fruit color are sold in bulk at a high price, around 40,000 soums or $ 3.8 US dollars per kg.
However, the main sales are in the mid-range product category at about $ 2.8 / kg, while in supermarkets the price of such cherries ranges from $ 6.4 to $ 6.8 / kg. These are cherries of a relatively small caliber, in which most of the fruits are already well colored, but some of the fruits still do not have a dark color.
In the wholesale markets, you can also find very inexpensive cherries – $ 1.1 per kg. However, these cheap cherries do not have a dark color, are not yet fully ripe and have a very small caliber. Nevertheless, there is a demand for such a product.