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Fresh delicious cherries straight from the tree

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Cherryhill is located in the Yarra Valley, 480 Queens Road, Wandin East, Victoria

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Cherries are healthy for you

Health Benefits

Cherry lovers can indulge to their heart’s content because cherries are not only sweet and delicious but they are also great for your health.

Sweet cherries contain 16 antioxidants, plus vitamins, minerals and anti-inflammatory compounds which are all beneficial to your health. Cherries may benefit people suffering from chronic inflammatory conditions such as gout, pancreatitis, or prostitis, as well as allergic conditions including asthma, hay fever, eczema and hives because they contain the compounds cyanidin and quercetin.

Recent studies* have also found that cherries have significant health benefits in slowing or inhibiting the progression of cancer, ageing, neurological diseases, cardiovascular disease and inflammatory conditions. They may also aid in detoxification of foreign substances.

*The Health benefits of Cherries, Charlotte Brunt BSc (Hons) Swinburne University 2004.

Did you know ?

The cherry season only lasts 100 days!

Cherries grow on trees not on bushes.

CherryHill Orchards grow over 30 different varieties of cherries at a number of locations around Victoria and New South Wales allowing us to supply for the entire cherry season (November - February).

The cherry belongs to the family Rosaceae (Roses).

A cherry is not a berry they are a drupe (Flesh or skin surrounding a single stoney seed), they come from the same family as of peaches and plums.

Cherries do not ripen after they’ve been picked.

There are thousands of different varieties of cherries, but only about 10% of varieties are produced commercially.

Different varieties ripen at different times; locations and climate are crucial to having the desired timing of the fruit.

When you purchase cherries there is a strong chance it’s a different variety each time.

Each variety of cherry tastes different!

Some sweet cherry varieties need pollen from another cherry variety to grow fruit but other varieties such as Stella and Lapin are self-fertile.

Bees in springtime are crucial to the cherry production. In spring we have hives placed in the orchard for pollination, they are later removed when the blossom has gone and the bees have finished their job.

Recipes

Although fresh, sweet cherries are typically eaten raw; cooking softens them and mellows their flavour.  

Cherries are best paired with herbs like sage, chives, and verbena; dairy products like sweet cream and ricotta cheese; and with meats like pork and beef especially when black pepper is added.

Cherry Growers Australia have come up with a great selection of sweet and savoury cherry recipes take a look at them here .

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Ripening & Harvest 1 Jan to 31 Jan

The cherries go through a final development stage of growth where the fruit begins to swell turning from green to a yellowy, straw colour then beginning to show signs of pink. During the final stages, the cherry developes all of its delicious flavours and health giving nutrients which are contained in its red juices. The earliest cherries at Cherryhill are picked at the Cobram orchard in the first week of November, then continue through to the Wandin orchard then finishing at the Tolmie orchard which has a cooler climate leading to a late harvest and cherries that have a rich and extra sweet flavour.

Post Harvest 1 Feb to 31 March

After being harvested, the cherry trees regain some of their strength lost from producing all of those cherries. At this time we begin pruning the trees to get lots of light into the tree for healthy buds. The buds need to absorb nutrients from the soil at this time also, so we apply fertiliser to give them an extra boost.

Autumn 1 April to 31 May

Autumn is the transition time from active growing trees to their dormant winter state. The mix of orange, yellow and sometimes red colours are really beautiful in the orchard. The change of colours in the cherry leaves is a sign that the trees are actually removing the nutrients out of the leaf to be stored and recycled back into the tree and buds ready to be used when spring comes later in the year.

Dormant 1 Jun to 20 Aug

The trees are resting during the winter period. After the leaves drop off the trees in Autumn, the trees undergo a resting period and accumulate what is known as “winter chill”. The winter chilling period is required to a greater or lesser extent by all deciduous plants in order to set the buds ready for the seasonal transformation from bud, to blossom to fruit.

Bud Swell 21 Aug to 5 Spe

The buds have accumulated their required chilling time. As the weather warms up, this signals big changes in the tree which sends plant hormones and sap flowing to trigger swelling in the buds. The swelling of the buds is the beginging of growth and within each bud is contained all the parts of the flower and reproductive parts which will emerge soon.

BLOSSOM TIME 5 Sep to 15 Oct
Spring is officially here and the cherry blossom is looking beautiful. Blossom flowers are the cherry trees way of reproducing, and at this time of year it is quite literally a case of the “birds and the bees” for the cherries. To produce a cherry, each flower must receive pollen from another flower. This is why bees are the cherry's best friend at this time of year! Many cherry varieties require a specific pollen from a different variety in order to set fruit, this is called self-incompatibility and is how the wild varieties of cherry retained genetic diversity.

Fruit Set 16 Oct to 31 Oct

After the blossom petals fall, the little green cherries begin to emerge. These little green cherries are growing rapidly in size and also the seed or pip inside the cherry is forming too. Depending on the variety, the cherry will grow in this green stage for some time, whereas the earlier cherries turn red and get sweet faster.

Ripening & Harvest 1 Nov to 31 De c

The cherries go through a final development stage of growth where the fruit begins to swell turning from green to a yellowy, straw colour then beginning to show signs of pink. During the final stages, the cherry developes all of its delicious flavours and health giving nutrients which are contained in its red juices. The earliest cherries at Cherryhill are picked at the Cobram orchard in the first week of November, then continue through to the Wandin orchard then finishing at the Tolmie orchard which has a cooler climate leading to a late harvest and cherries that have a rich and extra sweet flavour.