Cherries are everyone's pick of Christmas week fruit, but this year is a little more difficult than most. The cherries are there but still on the trees! This has led to quite high prices and some buyers have resorted to smaller and redder (often immature) fruit. At Harris Farm, we think our customers are prepared to pay for the best this week, and so they are dear but they are good. They are coming from all over the country in dribs and drabs but unfortunately, Tasmania has barely started and Victoria will have the majority of its fruit either around or after the New Year. There are now scores of different varieties available and which is the best can vary from day to day and state to state. As always, big, crunchy, sweet black cherries attract the highest prices. We have some excellent 1kg and 2kg boxes available now and in the run up to Xmas day. Keep them in the box and store in the fridge and they will still be fantastic on Xmas day.
HOW TO PICK
Cherries are picked from the tree, but do not continue to ripen afterwards. Make sure you choose plump glossy cherries with relatively smooth, unblemished skin and bright green stems in good condition.
HOW TO STORE
Keeping the fruit cool and dry is the secret to preserving its freshness, quality and shelf life. Store in the fridge, between 0-4 degrees, in a snap-lock bag or air-tight container.Only rinse cherries when ready to eat them, as they can absorb water and soften.