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How To Harvest Cherries

How To Harvest Cherries

To get the best out of your vegetable harvest, you must pick them at the right time and in the right way for a flavoursome and bountiful crop. Tom Cole shows us how to harvest cherries.

Step 1: You will need

  • Secateurs

Step 2: When to harvest

Cherries should be picked from the tree when they reach a uniform red colour. The size depends on the particular cultivar, but as a general rule they should be a couple of centimeters in diameter.

They should be ready for harvesting in early summer, and all be picked from the tree over the course of a week or two. The window for harvesting is limited even more by the threat of birds stealing the fruit.

Step 3: Harvesting

Use secateurs to cut the cherries from the tree. Cut the stem of each cherry near the top of the stalk. This slows down the ripening process so your cherries will last longer. Pulling the cherries from the tree risks damaging the branches for next years growth.

Cut one by one. It is painstaking but keeps the tree in good condition. Use a ladder for higher fruits, and make sure it is secure and safe to climb on.

Step 4: Storage

Use the cherries immediately if you can for the best flavour, although they will keep for a couple of days in a refridgerator in an air tight container. Alternatively you can make them into Jams and Drinks.