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Tasmanian Cherries
Tasmania country

Reviewed By

Sue Dyson And Roger McShane
Address: Tasmania
Country: Australia

Tasmanian cherry production is becoming an increasingly important part of the rural sector with high-value exports booming despite some very disappointing seasons recently. Tasmania's climate is perfect for long, slow ripening periods which enables large cherries to be produced without sacrificing flavour.
The most favoured regions for cherry production are the Coal Valley and the Derwent Valley, however there are many orchards to be found around Spreyton in the North West, in the Tamar Valley, the Tasman Peninsula and in the Huon Valley. The first varieties to appear are usually the early-ripening Burat and Vega followed by Van, Chelan and Stella. Other varieties to be found are Lapin, Bing, Sweetheart, Sweet Georgia, Sylvia, Regina and Simone.
Richmond Cherries had fruit available early this year which we were able to source at the Farmgate Market in Hobart.
One of the most impressive orchards is to be found in the Derwent Valley. Tim Reid of Reid Fruits has 100 hectares of cherries just past New Norfolk where conditions are ideal for slow ripening of the cherries. Among his planting are two specific varieties favoured by the Japanese namely the white-fleshed Satonishiki and Benishuo. Tasmania's fruit-fly free status was a major advantage in helping gain access to the Japanese market with non-fumigated product.
Close to Christmas, Mick Dudgeon's excellent Stonecrest Cherries can usually be found at the Wursthaus Kitchen in Hobart.
Some places where you can buy cherries direct from the grower include:
Richmond Cherries, Ogilvie Lane off Prossers Road (daily in season)
The Green Cherry Shed, cnr Longleys Rd and Huon Highway, Grove (daily during season)
Somercotes, off Mona Vale Rd near Ross (daily in season)
Lucaston Park Orchards, 26 Lucaston Rd, Lucaston (Monday - Saturday)
d'Entrecateaux Cherries, Kile Orchards, 3644 Channel Highway, Birchs Bay (daily during season)
Sorell Fruit Farm, 174 Pawleena Rd, Sorell (daily in season)
Fallowfield Orchard, 1042 Lyell Highway, near New Norfolk (daily in season)
Styx River Cherries, 42-46 Kenmore Road, Glenora (daily in season)
Danker Cherries, 190 Castra Rd, Ulverstone (daily in season)
Eversley Cherries, 12 Atkinson Rd, Legana (daily in season)
Aviemore Farm, 403 Gravelly Beach Rd, Gravelly Beach, (Mon - Fri is season)

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