A High Demand For Cherries

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Many countries around the world are being affected by adverse climate conditions. These conditions destroy crops and affect the supply of fruits and vegetables. One of the fruits affected is the cherry. With the bad weather in the past year, significant volumes of cherry crops have been lost. With an unbalanced fresh cherry market, buyers have been trying to cover their supply needs from all areas. It is not a secret that cherries are in high demand. Dairy and confectionary industries crave this product. However, what makes the cherry so special?

Cherry Basics

Cherries are a sweet summertime treat. Not only are they delicious, but they are also great for your health. Cherries are one of the top antioxidant-rich foods. They contain melatonin, which aids in a good night’s sleep, and fights inflammation and pain from arthritis.

Here are some basic nutritional facts:

  • Cherries are fat, cholesterol and sodium-free
  • One cup is less than 90 calories.
  • One cup of cherries has 3 grams of fiber.
    • Fiber aids in digestion lowers cholesterol, controls blood sugar and can help with weight loss.
  • Cherries are a good source of vitamin C (16% of the daily recommended value in one cup.)
  • Cherries contain vitamin A, calcium, protein and iron.
  • One cup of cherries contains 260mg of potassium.
    • Potassium keeps the body functioning and plays a key role in muscle, heart, kidney and nerve cell functions.

  • They are one of the top antioxidant-rich foods. Cherries may prevent the onset of several chronic diseases.
  • Anthocyanins in cherries (what gives it it’s red color) help protect the heart and surrounding tissues.
  • Boron in cherries helps maintain calcium balance and promotes bone health.
    • Boron may also prevent osteoporosis.
  • Eating cherries reduces pain and inflammation associated with arthritis and gout.
  • Cherries contain melatonin, which regulates sleep cycles
    • Melatonin also may be helpful with jet lag and insomnia.

With the demand for cherries increasing, also comes the demand for IQF cherries. Here are a few things to keep in mind when freezing cherries.

Freezing Whole Cherries

Cherries have a short harvest season. This means the processors have to hurry with processing and take as much as they can from the harvest. It also means that cherries will be frozen whole a lot of the time. After the cherries are frozen whole, processors have to wait until the season is over. Then the cherries can be defrosted, pitted and IQF frozen.


When the cherries are defrosted, it is time to pit. However, the fruit can lose a lot of juice, meat, and shape during pitting. This can be aided by using the optimal temperature settings. Pre-cooling cherries before pitting to 2C will lead to the best pitting process. If the temperature is above this, the fruit lose a lot of juice. If it is below, the fruit loses meat and breaks down.

Infeed Temperature

Cherries have a lot of juice and sugar, so they need to be treated carefully. The right infeed temperature is imperative for preserving the appearance and shape of the fruit. If the infeed temperature is low enough, the cherries will not lose juice or fruit meat during freezing. The result: A higher yield of frozen cherries ready for the market!

Temperature For Dark Cherries

Dark, sweet cherries have a high sugar content. During freezing, the juice, essentially syrup, doesn’t freeze at the typical -18C to -20C. It needs to go all the way to -25C to be frozen all the way. While it may lead to a lower capacity, dropping the temperature for dark cherries will yield a better quality frozen cherry.

AFE IQF Cherries: Have Confidence In The Health Of Your Fruit

With the continuous demand for frozen cherries around the world, look towards AFE. Fruit and products created with fruit are very delicate. Without proper processing, these products spoil rapidly or can become contaminated.  Each piece of fruit processing equipment is crafted with full dedication to hygiene, quality, and cleanliness. Full welding and stainless steel ensure lasting durability and sanitation. From space-saving design to site-built equipment for higher product needs, we can help you find the equipment that is right for your needs.