Top cherry The Sweetheart cherry

Award given for Sweetheart cherry

Cherry variety developed in Summerland wins international accolades.

A cherry variety developed in Summerland has received international accolades.

The American Society for Horticultural Science presented Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada with its Outstanding Fruit Cultivar Award 2012 for the Sweetheart cherry.

“Our government is proud to support internationally-recognized research and innovation in cherry breeding,” said Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz.

The cherry originated from a cross between Van and Newstar cherries in 1975 at the Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre in Summerland.

The breeder was David Lane and the technician was Richard MacDonald.

The cherry was released in 1995. New cherry varieties normally take 15 to 20 years before they are released.

Cheryl Hampson, a research scientist at the centre, said the Sweetheart cherry is harvested around July 30, or 10 days after the Lapins cherry, another Summerland variety.

The Lapins and Sweetheart cherries are two of the most important cherry varieties for Okanagan growers.

Hampson said the Sweetheart has been used in breeding other late-season cherries, including Staccato, Sentennial and Sovereign.

The original Sweetheart tree is still producing fruit at the centre.

Hampson said there are several benefits to the Sweetheart cherry.

“The fruit eating quality is good and it’s easy to grow,” she said. “One of its big advantages is the harvest time.”

The late harvest means the cherry comes out after the early Washington cherries have been harvested.

Cherry research has been done at the Summerland facility for many years.

“I am honoured to be following in the footsteps of some really amazing cherry breeders,” Hampson said.

Research is continuing into new varieties. Hampson said one of her current goals is to find something more disease resistant and more split resistant.

British Columbia cherries are exported to the United States, Asia and Europe.

Cherry exports were around $500,000 annually in the 1990s but have grown to almost $40 million annually today.

 

Just Posted

Tears and laughter celebrate Bruce Johnson’s Life

Over 1,000 people packed the conference hall of the Lakeside to celebrate the life of Bruce Johnson

Destructive blaze in West Kelowna fatal for cat

The fire at a West Kelowna condo claimed the life of one tenant’s cat

For New York artist from the darkness comes light

Light has a spiritual life of its own for New York artist who opens his show March 30 in Penticton

Penticton SAR team helicopters injured climber to safety

A 30-year-old woman suffered a suspected lower-limb fracture in Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park

‘Hauntingly gritty’ duo coming to iconic Okanagan music venue

The LYNNeS multi-award-winning Canadian folk artists are going to be in Penticton March 27

Okanagan experts share bike security tips

Geoff Prowse from the Bike Barn and Josh Shulman from Freedom the Bike Shop share their tips.

Bobrovsky perfect as Blue Jackets blank Canucks 5-0

Vancouver shut out for 10th time this season

Kelowna artist featured on furniture

Shandra Smith’s work is now available on credenzas

Destructive blaze in West Kelowna fatal for cat

The fire at a West Kelowna condo claimed the life of one tenant’s cat

Sock Hop aims to send dancers back to another time

Writers’ Festival fundraiser in Salmon Arm springs into step for another year

Man pinned under metal tank in West Kelowna

Emergency personnel are on the scene

Fundraising campaign launched for man caught in SilverStar avalanche

In only two days, the GoFundMe surpassed its $15,000 goal

Terror at sea: Helicopter rescues frightened cruise passengers in Norway

The Viking Sky cruise ship was carrying 1,300 passengers and crew when it experienced engine trouble

DOJ: Trump campaign did not co-ordinate with Russia in 2016

Attorney General William Barr said special counsel “does not exonerate” Trump of obstructing justice

Most Read