The first US cherries of the year already arrived on the Chinese market on the 5th of May. Those cherries arrived in China by air freight and mainly consisted of Arvin Glen cherries. However, the cherry season in the USA had only just begun and the flavor was not great. The cherry production volume in northwest China increased by around 20% this season and is expected to reached 23.8 million boxes. That is nearly 1 million boxes more than the average annual production volume in the last 10 years.
Jiangnan Market in Guangzhou currently receives around 20-40 pallets of US cherries per day. Most of them are Chelan or Santina cherries. They are very popular at the moment and sell out every day. Chelan and Santina cherries will arrive in large volumes around the 15th of June. And by the end of the month chartered planes will supply even more cherries.
There are more than 70 cherry-producing countries in the world. The main cherry suppliers of the Chinese market are the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Chile. The USA is the second-largest cherry supplier in the world. The USA has a production capacity of more than 300,000 tons per year.
The main cherry varieties in the USA are Chelan, Santina, Skeena, Sweetheart, Rainier, and Lapins. The most important among these is Skeena. The product quality of Skeena cherries is the most exceptional.
Small volumes of US cherries have already entered the Chinese market. There are two major cherry production areas in the USA. In California the weather conditions are excellent for cherry cultivation. These cherries are known as California cherries, and they enter the market first. The season of California cherries is already over.
The other major cherry production area in the USA covers Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, and Utah in the northwest of the country. In these states the cherries are known as northwest cherries. These are the cherries that currently supply the Chinese market. The supply season continues until the middle of August.
Source: Naturally Excellent