People have been eating cherries since prehistoric times. Cherries are native to America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Most cultivated eating cherries are derived from either the sweet cherry (also known as the wild cherry) or the sour cherry (mainly used in cooking). Eating cherries is known to have many health benefits. The deep red pigment in cherries (mostly sweet cherries) comes from a flavonoid called cyanidin, which is a powerful antioxidant shown to help control cancer growth. Cherries are high in potassium, which helps lower blood pressure by eliminating excess sodium. The USDA has shown that eating 2 cups of Bing cherries can help decrease the pain associated with arthritis and gout by reducing uric acid in your body. Also, tart cherries are a natural source of melatonin and drinking 2-8oz servings of tart cherry juice a day can help reduce the severity of insomnia so you sleep better.
At Detering Orchards we grow several different varieties of cherries. Below you’ll find the name and approximate ripening date for each variety, but please keep in mind that ripening dates are rough approximations and can vary from year to year.
Please call us at 541-995-6341 for the latest update. June 15 – Lambert June 15 – Rainier June 25 – Sour (Tart)