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Storage – Cherry

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Sweet cherries are harvested at full ripeness and at their highest quality. This means that the fruit need to be cooled as soon as possible after harvest to slow down the respiration process, which in turn slows down the aging process degrading quality. Cherries do not have reserve carbohydrates like starch in apples, but it is possible to store them for a few months, depending on their condition when they arrive at the packinghouse. Cherries are not able to prevent water loss very well, so they need to be stored in an environment with temperature and relative humidity monitored closely to minimize movement of water from inside the fruit to the air.

You can find more information on cherries, and postharvest handling and storage of cherries, please visit the WSU-TFREC Postharvest Information Network.

Useful Resources and References:

More information specific to handling and storage of cherries can be found using the links below. Additional resources can be located using the search box at the top of this page.

WSU-TFREC Postharvest Information Network


WTFRC Research Reports


Other University References on Cherry Handling and Storage


Trade Articles 

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