Cherry season is upon us! Throughout the summer, the produce aisles at Sprouts will be piled high with bags of the crimson beauties (and maybe some yellow-pink Rainiers, too). A popular seasonal favorite, we carry the best quality and variety of cherries—just for you! Aside from their sweet tang and portability, cherries also happen to have one of the highest levels of antioxidants of any fruit, about the same as blueberries. Antioxidants help to counter damage done to our cells by free radicals.
Where Do All These Sweet Summer Cherries Come From?
We’re proud to partner with amazing growers to fill our produce aisles with the freshest, peak season cherries bursting with flavor. Connecting with local farmers means we can source unique varieties from different climates for a truly special cherry season where Sprouts shoppers get to experience every cherry taste under the sun. Enjoy this summer sweet treat!
Discover tasty varieties that could be growing in your backyard
Plump and juicy cherries transform any bite into something worth celebrating. Summer’s sweetest are ripe for the pickin’—we’ve sourced the freshest, most flavorful
cherry varieties for you to enjoy.
With a passion for harvesting the season’s most incredible fruit, Chelan Fresh represents family-owned farms like Gebbers Farms. In 1910, Hawkins Gebbers’ great-grandparents began growing the tastiest apples and cherries in Brewster, Washington, and as years passed, their farm grew, and so did their family. Now, this family-owned and operated farm maintains only the most natural farming practices, so you’re left with the sweet fruits of their labor.
At Sprouts, our sourcing practices, paired with our strong relationships with local growers, are part of how we bring you the freshest produce all year long. Chelan Fresh is one of the many unique, family-owned farms used to source juicy cherries. Located in Washington along the Cascade Mountains, the clean rivers and warm mountain sun allow them to grow their Chelan Fresh Dark Sweet Cherries every season for peak freshness. These cherries are grown to exacting standards to ensure the best flavor and experience during their short season, so grab them while you can!
Learn How to Pick the Best Cherries
When picking red cherries, look for large, firm fruit with a deep red-to-burgundy color. Rainier cherries should also be large and firm with yellow and red blushed skin. Brown spotting on Rainier cherries usually indicates higher sugar. Avoid cherries of any variety if the skin is soft or blemished or if they are sticky and leaking.
While most of us know cherries as a snack or ingredient in pies, tarts and other desserts, their sweetness makes for a great addition to savory dishes, too! Cherries are also delicious when pitted and dried, adding a delightful texture and flavor when added to salads, salsa, baked goods and more!
Cherry season is exciting because it doesn’t last long and these sweet gems are loved by many–for a tasty reason! When picking your next batch, it’s important to know when and where your cherries were harvested for peak freshness. April kicks off the harvesting season in Southern California and comes to an end by early June. By this time, the cherry varieties from Washington are ready to go until late August. Their seasons are short and sweet, but that’s what keeps us coming back for more every year!
Sweeten up summer with these delicious, seasonal recipes!
Steel Cut Cherry Oatmeal
A healthy breakfast choice packed with fiber and antioxidants.