Pinder Dhaliwal is predicting the start of cherry harvest about June 15. The cherry grower near Oliver, British Columbia is also president of the BC Fruit Growers’ Association.
In an interview with the Osoyoos Times, Dhaliwal said the right temperatures – “nice heat, not overly hot” – are promoting ripening. There are many cherry varieties that ripen throughout the season so this is just the start for the local market.
As the season progresses, BC cherry growers will ramp up for exports around the world. 2019 is the first year for access to the Japanese market. Hydro-cooling technology will preserve freshness of the tender fruit for world markets.
Source: Osoyoos Times June 5, 2019