Chile’s delicious cherries are the Bings, Lapins, and Vans varieties. Four out of five imported cherries in the U.S. are from Chile, and these are available in the U.S. market between October and January. Chile is the primary cherry exporter in the southern hemisphere and is a leading exporter to Asia and Europe, in addition to the U.S.
Cherries are cultivated in Chile’s central zone (including Metropolitana, O'Higgins, and Maule).
Chilean farmers provide significant care to cherry production, which the fragile stone fruit demands. Cherry trees are sensitive to morning dew and pre-harvest rains, which affect their flowering periods.
Cherries are remarkable for their low caloric count, yet are high in carbohydrates and fructose. They are also packed with dietary fiber, vitamins A and C, antioxidants, and minerals, such as potassium, magnesium, and calcium.
Why are they red? The answer is the polyphenols and flavonoids in the antioxidant content.