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New Zealand cherries are available in December and January.


Storage and Handling

Store in the refrigerator. Handle all fresh produce with care and wash before eating.



Sweet cherries date from prehistoric times in Asia.  The trees made it across the ocean as far as Britain by the first century A.D.  It was not until the 15th century, however, that cherries became popular in Germany, France and England.



  • Cherries belong to the stone fruit family along with peaches, plums and apricots
  • Cherries must be picked ripe – they do not ripen after harvesting


Growing Facts

  • Cherries like to grow in a temperate climate but do require a winter chill 
  • In New Zealand, Central Otago has the ideal climate for cherries
  • Cherry trees will begin to produce a good amount of fruit after about six years and will go on producing fruit for around 100 years!
  • The United States is the largest producer of cherries

Nutrition Information

Serving size: 1/2 cup cherries - 75g

Avg Quantity per serving Avg Quantity per 100g
Energy (kJ/Cal) 205/49 273/65
Protein (g) 0.7 0.9
Fat, total (g) 0.2 0.3
- saturated (g) 0.08 0.1
Carbohydrate (g) 10.5 14
- sugars (g) 10.4 13.9
Dietary Fibre (g) 1.0 1.3
Sodium (mg) 2 3
Vitamin C (mg) 15 20
Iron (mg) 0.5 0.7
Vitamin A Equiv. (µg) 3.0 4.3
Potassium (mg) 158 210

Source: The Concise New Zealand Food Composition Tables, 8th Edition, Plant & Food Research

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