All About Okanagan Fruit
Cherries, Apricots, Apples,
Pears, Plums, Peaches & More!
Locally grown Okanagan fruit is simply one of the reasons we love living in this beautiful part of British Columbia!
Beginning in early June we enjoy a list of fruits including different types of cherries, apricots, plums,
peaches, lots different types of apples, nectarines, grapes, and pears
fresh from the orchard trees, which have been growing here since the mid to late 1800's.
If you are unsure of what will be in season, you can check our harvest schedule and ripening dates.
This will tell you blossom times and approximate harvest times by region, with the South Okanagan harvest being the earliest.
One thing you may enjoy is the opportunity to venture out into a local Okanagan orchard to pick your own fruit. It's especially fun for kids.
has some great orchards & U-picks where you'll likely also find gift shops, lunch counters, petting zoos,
play areas for kids and other attractions, as well as a variety of fun local orchard tours.
If you do plan to spend time in an orchard, here are some pick your own fruit tips that we've learned ourselves over the years.
Good shoes, water, hats and sunscreen are essential for this.
Cherry season begins in June, in the Osoyoos area, and lasts until about mid
July in the more northern parts of the Okanagan Valley.
Many cherry varieties are grown here including Rainiers, Van cherry, Chelan, Lapin, Sweetheart,
Skeena, Staccato, Christalina and Bing cherries.
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In the Okanagan apricots are available around early July to mid August.
Apricots are grown in the south end of the Okanagan Valley and the Similkameen Valley in the Cawston - Keremeos BC areas.
While they ripen in color, texture, and juiciness after being picked, the flavor and sweetness will stay at the same
level as when they were picked and will not improve.
Although full of healthy nutrition, apricots are not one of the most popular
on many people's list of favorites.
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In the Okanagan there are different types of apples that harvest at different times.
Apple varieties differ in appearance, characteristics of flesh, their availability during apple season, and their suitability for different uses.
Early summer apples
such as Summerreds, Ginger Gold, Royal Gala, Sunrise, Transparents, Sinta Apple, and the classic McIntosh Apple, are available beginning in June.
Later harvest varieties are the best to get, and include Honeycrisp, Jonagold, Fuji, Empire, Ambrosia, Golden Delicious, Spartans, Mitsu and Ida Reds.
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Not sure which types of plums you want? Yellow, red, or dark varieties? Which are best for eating fresh?
And which are best for baking?
What about dried plums? Some varieties of plums are definitely better than others, depending on what you use them for.
There are more than 10 varieties of plums grown here in the valley, and they are generally available
from the beginning of August until the end of September.
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Peaches in the Okanagan come to harvest at overlapping times of the summer, beginning in early July.
You'll find different types of peaches here including freestone and cling peaches like
Redhaven, Cresthaven, O'Henry and Glowhavens.
More information about peaches....
Pears are unique in that they ripen best after they are picked.
Varieties grown here include Bartlett, D'Anjou, Bosc, Asian, Flemish Beauties, and Red Clapp.
Pears becomes available beginning late August and they are carefully stored once harvested to allow for proper ripening.
More information about pear fruit...
Other fruits you'll find in the valley includes nectarines, watermelon, canteloupe, and other melons, grapes and berries (strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries)
Orchard farm fresh markets and fruitstands sell produce in season, (generally picked daily before markets open)
by the basket or by the pound. Early in the season you'll likely pay more per pound, but prices do come down towards the end of each harvest.
We've started a collection of some our favorite recipes for fruits including desserts and home canning recipes.
We'll be adding much more to these pages as we continue to build our site, so feel free to try them out, and do keep checking back for more.
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