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Cherry Production by Country 2024

Country
2021 Production
Turkey689,834
United States343,190
Chile325,049
Uzbekistan213,600
Iran156,134
Spain125,810
Italy93,030
Greece80,740
Ukraine61,850
Poland59,100

Cherries, with their diverse varieties and uses, form a fascinating part of global agriculture and cuisine. Here's an organized overview of the cherry industry:

Diversity and Types:

  • There are over 1,200 cherry types worldwide, offering a range from intensely sweet to distinctly tart flavors.
  • Their colors vary from deep red to yellow and almost white.
  • Cherries can be enjoyed raw, in foods like pies, or in beverages such as wines and ciders.

Growing Regions:

  • Cherries grow wild in Europe, Asia, and the U.S., and are also cultivated on farms, sometimes for specific strains desired by candy manufacturers.
  • In the U.S., the West predominantly grows sweeter varieties, while the Midwest is known for more tart cherries.

Global Production:

  • The global cherry harvest reached 2.73 million metric tons in 2021, up from 1.9 million metric tons in 2000.
  • Turkey and the United States are the top cherry producers globally, with Turkey contributing 22% of the total production (689,834 metric tons) and the U.S. producing 343,190 metric tons.
  • Other significant producers include Chile (325,049 metric tons), Uzbekistan (213,600 metric tons), and Iran (156,134 metric tons).

United States Production:

  • Washington state leads in U.S. cherry production, specializing in sweeter varieties like Bing, Lambert, Rainier, and Van.
  • Traverse City, Michigan, claims the title of “Cherry Capitol of the World,” a nod to its long history of cherry cultivation dating back to the 1850s.
  • Michigan's suitability for cherry growing is attributed to its soil and the climatic influence of the Great Lakes.
  • Traverse City hosts the country's first cherry processing facility and celebrates this heritage with the annual National Cherry Festival in July.

Consumption Trends:

  • American cherry consumption has increased significantly, growing 400% from 1995 to 2008, rising from 0.3 pound per capita to 1.3 pounds.

This detailed look at the cherry industry showcases the fruit's cultural and economic significance, from varied cultivation practices to evolving consumer trends.

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Country
2021 Production (t)
2020 Production (t)
2019 Production (t)
2018 Production (t)
2017 Production (t)
Turkey689,834724,944664,224639,564627,132
United States343,190294,930319,870312,430396,940
Chile325,049276,000270,000228,000120,000
Uzbekistan213,600185,068175,861172,035136,609
Iran156,134161,941128,35488,906135,723
Spain125,81082,130118,380106,580114,433
Italy93,030104,38098,600114,800118,259
Greece80,74093,74081,60089,38080,510
Ukraine61,85063,55068,64084,64070,860
Poland59,10051,30044,43059,96019,666
Russia55,40051,00048,70046,40037,300
Bulgaria52,62052,33054,96055,31048,391
Syria44,34342,20666,03961,11768,106
Romania40,67037,64039,14049,10058,474
China35,74635,89135,55535,79336,325
Lebanon33,68433,76931,99844,97644,795
Germany27,34036,80044,55044,22016,536
Portugal23,9309,24022,00017,42019,563
Albania22,05020,47119,68119,21019,169
Australia21,31014,47515,94115,96411,532
Canada16,40419,35522,07926,18226,797
Serbia15,86314,96117,13919,15327,323
Morocco13,80410,76720,34913,66513,406
Japan13,10017,20016,10018,10019,100
France12,49032,74032,12029,37040,464
Armenia12,01210,92712,81312,5178,414
Azerbaijan11,52711,23211,23611,06210,282
Algeria11,17811,20711,2378,8189,193
India10,84910,70910,65611,18210,289
Moldova10,20010,36211,29612,35210,622
Bosnia and Herzegovina9,71511,4069,37911,8328,475
Hungary8,8508,61010,47012,02010,551
Netherlands8,2108,2007,9408,200338
Argentina7,4007,3647,3277,3147,246
Georgia6,9005,4003,0004,4002,100
Austria6,2106,6107,51010,9405,548
Belarus4,9244,8804,7105,1824,747
North Macedonia4,7166,2586,0455,8244,061
Kyrgyzstan4,5154,5724,4384,5364,743
Tunisia4,4594,4334,4724,4724,354
Switzerland4,4157,72210,18411,3914,498
United Kingdom3,7955,6475,7453,5686,484
New Zealand3,5173,5033,0923,7502,337
Belgium3,1905,3509,9204,8004,300
Pakistan2,4442,4422,3662,0962,067
Guyana2,1542,1752,2362,3592,701
Montenegro2,0912,0842,0782,0772,078
Israel2,0023,7023,5033,0014,000
Suriname1,8071,3471,2411,256916
Czech Republic1,3708802,6502,7101,999
Palestine1,1771,1771,1721,1811,178
South Africa1,132836524410245
Norway899643693956623
Bolivia877878877875883
Denmark7007301,0601,000631
Jordan668770952881968
Croatia5701,0901,0901,2001,436
Kazakhstan490497492513706
Slovenia1801,9706801,2101,195
Mexico1561449217872
Lithuania10101010661
Luxembourg10101010
Peru33343
Slovakia680910893
Mongolia2,090
Estonia79
Cyprus375353342391
Total2,732,4132,635,0732,630,5422,569,6142,449,720
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Which country produces the most cherries?

Turkey produces the most cherries, with around 847 thousand metric tons a year.

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