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All our cherries were bred by the Agri-Food Research Centre (PARC) in Summerland, BC, Canada. They are specially suited to the growing area of the Okanagan Valleys. The dry warm summer days and cool nights provided by the lake and mountain air produce excellent large and very firm mid and late season cherries, with excellent shipping and shelf-life characteristics - gaining a reputation for fine premium quality fruit in 19 countries.

Sonnet cherries SONNET: A very large early cherry - very "cheeky" but it gets the season started with a smile.
Lapin cherries LAPIN: We have some of the original plantings of this variety, a wonderful variety bred by Dr. Charles Lapins, for whom it is named. Possibly the best flavored cherry in the orchard, the Lapin can be very large, and is always best when left to ripen on the tree until it is a rich dark red. Lapin season starts between July 20 and the end of July, and lasts about 10 days. Rajah and Sultan cherries RAJAH and SULTAN: These blushing gold cherries are fit for a king, but tender and not good at traveling long distances. So unfortunately we don't grow very many, and they are highly sought after. One prairie customer even plans a family holiday to BC around when this variety is going to ripen!
Sweetheart cherries SWEETHEART The best of the late cherries from the PARC breeding program, the Sweetheart is now widely grown around the world. The fruit is very firm, and moderately sweet with good flavour. Harvest follows directly after Lapins, through the first two weeks of August. Sonnet cherries STACCATO A very late cherry, it ripens after Sweetheart, a full month after 'Bing' and produces a large and firm dark cherry, glossy and attractive in a pack. Size is similar to Sweetheart, with good flavour and sweetness when picked at optimum maturity.
Sovereign cherries SOVEREIGN The latest new variety, the Sovereign is heart-shaped fruit on a long stem. It harvests a week to ten days after Staccato, with good firmness, and light red/pink flesh. This is the our latest available cherry variety in commercial production.

SYLVIA: Always a pleasant surprise, hiding under a very leafy branch, the Sylvia is usually well protected from the weather and harvests as a very uniform size and shape that looks lovely in the box.