Kenton Valley Cherries
Kenton Valley Cherries
Kenton Valley Cherries

The season starts in late September with a beautiful display of white blossom, which when pollinated by bees, becomes the beginning of the cherry crop. Harvest usually begins in early December and continues into late January with over 15 varieties being grown which include Lapins, Simone, Stella, Van and some locally bred varieties including Sir Tom, Sir Don and Sir Douglas.

After the cherries are picked they are brought into the packing shed and immediately chilled with cold water (hydro-cooled) to remove field heat which increases shelf life. Then the cherries are placed into a coolroom before grading. The grading process involves first removing any leaves, twigs or foreign matter from the cherries, then the cherries pass through a cluster cutter which ensures each cherry with its own stem is separated from the cluster. This is done so the individual cherries can pass through the cherry sizer and then be placed on an inspection belt with other cherries of the same size. The “sized” cherries on these belts are then inspected again to remove any imperfect fruits and then placed into a lined carton which is stamped with size and variety information and taken to another coolroom for further cooling before dispatch.

The Adelaide Hills has a large native bird population including Adelaide and Eastern Rosellas, Rainbow and Musk Lorikeets, Red Wattlebirds and Crows, so the trees are netted during the cherry season to minimise bird damage.

The bulk of the pruning is done during the dormant winter period and includes removal of unwanted growth and tying down limbs. Good annual pruning helps to increase fruit size and promotes even cropping.

Kenton Valley Cherries
Kenton Valley Cherries
Kenton Valley Cherries
Kenton Valley Cherries
Kenton Valley Cherries