All About Okanagan BC Fruit

Cherries, Apricots, Apples, Pears, Plums, Peaches & More!

Locally grown Okanagan BC fruit is simply one of the reasons we love living in this beautiful part of British Columbia! Beginning in early June we enjoy a fresh long list of fruits including different types of cherries, apricots, plums, peaches, lots different types of apples, nectarines, grapes, and pears fresh from local orchard trees. 

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Fruit has been growing here since the mid to late 1800's and is an important part of BC History. One thing you'll enjoy is the opportunity to venture out into a local Okanagan Valley orchard to pick your own fruit. It's especially fun for kids. The Okanagan 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.

So, What Types Of Fruit Will You Find In The Okanagan Valley?

Cherries and apricots are some of the first fruits you'll be able to pick. Some apple varieties harvest in early summer as well.

Okanagan Cherry Fruit

Our favorite Okanagan BC fruit, 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 great cherry varieties are grown here including Rainiers, Van cherry, Chelan, Sweetheart, Skeena, Staccato, Christalina and Bing cherries. It's hard to pick a favorite! 

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Okanagan Apricot Fruit

In the Okanagan apricots are available around early July to mid August. They 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.

Okanagan Apples

In the Okanagan there are different types of apples that harvest at different times.

Varieties differ in appearance, characteristics of flesh, their availability during apple season, and their suitability for different uses. Early summer apples are available beginning in June. Later (fall) harvest varieties are the best to get on a cold day in late fall. Delicious off the tree and so nutritious! Here's more about...

Other less common Okanagan BC fruit you'll find here includes nectarines, watermelon, cantaloupe, and other melons, grapes and berries (strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries) Orchard farm fresh markets and fruit stands 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. 

Okanagan Plum Fruit

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. Here's more about...

Okanagan Peach Fruit

The most famous Okanagan BC fruit is peaches. They harvest at overlapping times of the summer, beginning in early July. If you can be here for Penticton Peachfest you'll find out why!

The different types of peaches here include freestone and cling peaches like Redhaven, O'Henry, Cresthaven and Glowhavens. Here's more information about peaches....

Okanagan peach varieties
Tips for canning peaches
Some delicious peach dessert recipes

Okanagan Pear Fruit

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.

Pear fruit becomes available beginning late August and they are carefully stored once harvested to allow for proper ripening. More information about pears...

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If you want to know 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.

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.

Check out our collection of some 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! Enjoy our wonderful Okanagan BC fruit!!


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