You might have noticed that cherries have been a little smaller this year. But, experts say, that’s a good thing: Not only are those small cherries sweeter and juicier, but their size reflects what has been a great year for the popular stone fruit (and other fruits as well).
After five years of drought, cherry trees fared very well this year, thanks to a combination of rain and colder weather, according to this Tribune story. Some, including the executive director of the California Cherry Advisory Board, say this year’s crop is among the best ever.
Now that’s some cheerful cherry news.
Because there are so many cherries this year — California expects 9 million boxes, compared to 2.7 million in 2014 — there haven’t been as many “jumbo” cherries. Which is because there are more smaller ones jockeying for space on those trees, which also explains why prices have been lower this year: The more cherries there are, the lower the prices of those cherries.
The only downside of this cherry season is the same downside that occurs every year: The harvest is short and sweet. So you won’t see cherries around too long.