We love cherry season! This year’s cherry season started a little earlier due to extreme hot days, but it was a great crop! While we don’t have our own cherry orchard anymore, all of our cherries are delivered from local farmers. We love the motto: “Stay local, buy local!”
Fresh cherry processing at Chukar Headquarters in Prosser, WA is always anticipated with excitement. We make cherry season last year ’round! It’s a busy time indeed, but the process is pretty awesome!
After sweet cherries arrive from the orchard, we inspect, sort, wash, and pit them. The cherries are then ready to be dehydrated in our giant dryers. We don’t add anything to the sweet cherries, just circulating warm air.
We do a little bit of everything with our delicious dried cherries. We sell them just as they are, like our Northwest Bings, Northwest Rainiers, and Cherry Medley Mix. Others will head to the chocolate room to be coated in rich blends of all natural chocolate, our favorite! Or some are added to energy mixes, granola, and even caramel corn. The possibilities are endless! We hope you enjoy our freshly dried cherries!
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Plump Bing cherries dried without added ingredients are delicious by the handful or mixed into salads and sauces. We let our cherries hang on the stem a little longer to increase the natural sugar content. No sugar added.
Rainier cherries are noted for their sweet juices and tenderness when dried. An excellent all-around cherry for snacking and baking, the Rainier is an original Washington variety. No sugar added.
Sweet Bing and Rainier cherries alongside Montmorency Tarts. Ideal if you want to try all three varieties of our Northwest cherries and don't know which one to choose.