Your Favorite Summertime Fruit

Dark sweet cherries are drupes, or fleshy stone fruits. There are many varieties of dark-sweet cherries, each planted to fit a certain climate and growing window. The main dark-sweet cherry varieties at Stemilt are: Brooks (first to ripen), Chelan, Garnet, Sequoia®, Bing, Skeena, Sweetheart and Staccato® (last to harvest).

The Bing cherry is the most well-known sweet cherry variety and was named after an orchard foreman named Ah Bing. Stemilt grows dark-sweet California cherries and Washington cherries, which allows for a continuous supply of your favorite fruit all summer long.


Exterior: Red, dark red or mahogany to almost black; round to heart-shaped fruits with a green stem

Interior: Firm, solid and deep red to purple flesh

Experience: Sweet and juicy with a hint of acid; each bite offers a little crunch thanks to the fruit’s firmness

Nutritional Facts Learn more here!

You can easily find Stemilt dark-sweet cherries, because each bag, clamshell or other package proudly wears our Stemilt World Famous Cherries logo (PLU #4045). Our organic dark-sweet cherries are available under the Artisan OrganicsTM label (PLU #94045). In July and August, look for our premium Kyle’s PickTM cherries and Half Mile Closer to the MoonTM cherries in your stores.

When can I find Dark Sweet Cherries?

Cherry harvest season starts in early May for Stemilt with our California cherries. In June, we start harvesting Washington cherries, and continue until the last cherries are picked from our high-elevation orchards in late August. Find Stemilt dark-sweet cherries in stores from May through August.

Fun Facts

  • The word "cherry" comes from the French word "cerise."
  • Stemilt’s founding family, the Mathisons, have been growing cherries for over 100 years!
  • Broadway in New York shifts west at East 10th St. because a cherry tree once stood there.
  • Cherries are believed to have originated in the area between the Black and Caspian seas in Asia Minor around 70 B.C.
  • There are two main types of cherries: sweet and tart. Tart cherries are harvested mechanically for processing into cans/sauces. They are also known as pie cherries and come from Michigan.