While Turkey grows both sour and sweet cherries, the latter represent a much larger share of the market. Over the past decades, more and more cherry plantations have been established, enabling the country to become one of the leading suppliers. According to Turkish authorities, about 34.5 million cherry trees are commercially cultivated in Turkey. While the number of sweet cherry trees increased from 14.7 million to 21.1 million in the past ten years, the number of sour cherry trees remained largely stable.
The season for fresh cherries from Tu