Cherries in South Africa
Fruit Farming in South Africa

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The cherry season in South Africa starts in October and reaches a peak in November and December.

The production of sweet cherries in South Africa is a small but fast-growing industry; plantings have increased by 25% in just two years from 2017. The bulk of South African cherries are sold to local markets, but with exports to China increasing, while the UK remains the major export market.

Cherries are very healthy fruit, rich in melatonin and antioxidants, but have a relatively short shelf life. Produced in the cold winter regions of South Africa, it is a labour-intensive fruit crop that must be handpicked and transported at 0.5℃.

About Cherries

In South Africa, only sweet cherries, (Prunus avium), are produced, but tart or sour cherries, Prunus cerasus, used in baking and confectionery, are produced in countries such as Russia, the USA and Ukraine....more

Cherry Farming

In South Africa cherry farming is confined to specific areas due to the climatic requirements for this sensitive crop. Cherries need mild summers and long cold winters, with enough cold units for a long dormancy of below 7°C....more

Cherry Production and Statistics

About 55% of South African cherries are sold in South African stores and markets. About 22% is exported and less than 10% is processed....more

How to Grow Cherries

Cherry trees can only be grown in certain areas in South Africa. They prefer cold winters and don’t like hot summers, wind or frost....more