My pick this week is Tassie cherries. January in the fruit industry is now defined by the Tasmanian cherry crop. Our cherries this month are always the world’s best and so export determines prices to a large degree. China is chasing our fruit, particularly the bigger premium fruit for that immense market. So the largest most desirable fruit will not be cheap again as far as I can see. In Tasmania last week there was heavy rain in a lot of the growing areas. Luckily for Harris Farm our grower is in an area that has very little summer rain ever and last week was no exception. Hence we have fabulous cherries in store this week mostly from Tassie but also some equally good fruit from the later areas in Victoria. All of the fruit will be fantastic to eat.
HOW TO PICK
Choose plump glossy cherries with bright green stems. Avoid soft, dull or bruised fruit.
HOW TO STORE
Keeping the fruit cool and dry is the secret to preserving its freshness, quality and shelf life. Store in the fridge and rinse cherries when ready to eat them, as they can absorb water and soften.
For nutritional information on Cherries, click here.