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First Washington cherries arrive in Shanghai

Since the first shipment of California cherries reached China by air in early May, cherries from Northwestern US have gradually ripened and have been trickling into the Chinese market. Recently, the first volume of cherries from Washington was shipped by air to Shanghai before arriving at the Shanghai Huizhan Fruit and Vegetable Wholesale Market.

Despite a slight tartness, the color, appearance, and firmness of this shipment are good. They were popular with traders and were sold out soon after the container was opened. The 10R sized product is priced at 650 yuan/box (5kg).

The production of Northwestern cherries this season is expected to reach 23.8 million boxes, an increase of 20% from last year's 19.8 million boxes. This is also 1 million boxes more than the average production in the past ten years. Although it did not break the recent record of 26.4 million boxes in 2017, it is a bumper season.

The production areas in the Northwest of the US include Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, and Montana. Washington State is the main production area, accounting for 85 percent of the production in the region. The production season of these cherries generally starts in the first week of June and the supply lasts through around mid-August.

Source: Fruit Critic

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