Cherries are in the Rosaceae family which also includes almonds, peaches, apricots and plums.
Reportedly originating in Asia Minor and discovered by Romans fruit around 70 BC. They then introduced these cherries to Britain in the first century AD.
As we source Australian Produce where possible we thought it was of note to tell you when Australian cherries are available. Their season is from November to late February.
Different varieties are harvested at different times, so what consumers see in the shops in November is different to what is available in January.
There are 2 prodominent cherry varieties:
Sweet Cherries (Prunus avium) Are the best for enjoying fresh.
Sour Cherries (Prunus cerasus ) Are best for freezing or cooking.
There are over 50 cherry varieties in commercial production in Victoria and many more undergoing evaluation as potential varieties.