Cherry Season in Washington

Washington Rainier cherry roadside stand during cherry season.
Cherry Season in Washington

Cherry season comes to Washington every year in late spring and early summer.  Eastern Washington's cherry orchards are notorious worldwide for their light colored and super sweet Rainier cherries, named after the region's landmark Mount Rainier.  Rainier cherry blossoms are not self-pollinating, so other varieties of cherries are also grown among the Rainier cherries throughout the orchards for pollination.

Rainier cherries are grown in other states further south, such as California.  Before Washington's cherry season comes, Rainier and other cherries are shipped in from California, but they are just never quite the same as Washington grown and harvested Rainier cherries.

The unmistakable sign that cherry season has come to Washington is roadside stands popping up everywhere, in nearly all Washington communities, selling freshly harvested Washington grown Rainier cherries.  It doesn't matter where your Washington home may be, or whether you are just passing through, you don't have to venture far from the freeways to find a Rainier cherry stand selling the delicious fruit at its freshest and sweetest.  And after a few weeks, the stands all disappear just as quickly as they came, and it is another year to the next harvest, just enough time to wind down the sugar high from this seasonal indulgence.

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