Sweet cherries from the Okanagan Valley: B.C.'s best kept secret

Join chef Ricardo Larrivée and learn the key to growing the perfect dark red cherry in the unique climate of the Okanagan Valley.

'We're really a long ways north to be growing fruit.'

The hot days and cool nights of the Okanagan Valley are ideal for growing sweet cherries. 3:05

Did you know that 95 per cent of sweet cherries are produced in B.C.'s Okanagan Valley? 

David Geen is the owner of Jealous Fruits, the largest vertically integrated sweet cherry farm in Canada. They control their own harvesting, packaging and distribution. It's all thanks Okanagan lake, which moderates the unique climate of the valley. 

"Summers are not as hot. Winters are not as cold. For good cherry production that's what you want," explains Geen. 

On Geen's primary farm alone there are 50,000 trees that produce 1,000 tons of cherries a year. 

Join chef Ricardo Larrivée and learn the key to growing the perfect dark red cherry. 


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