California Cherries are grown throughout the Sacramento, San Joaquin and Central Valley but the primary region is located in the northern part of the state.
This popular cherry has red/mahogany-colored skin and flesh. The stone is relatively small, while the fruit itself is crisp, firm and juicy. Consumers enjoy its sweet, rich flavor, which is the reason that it's the dominant variety.
This cherry is recognizable by its golden/pink blushed skin color. It's a finely textured variety with firm, clear flesh and colorless juice. The Rainier offers consumers a very sweet, delicate flavor.
California – 7,000,000 boxes
Washington – 18, 300,000 boxes
California – 5,000,000 (short crop – nothing available for export this season)
Washington – 20,000,000 (most packers already have export programs set up with China)