Australian cherries are available from mid to late October to late February, depending on the growing region/state and seasonal variations due to climatic and growing seasons. Currently about 15,000 tonnes of Australian cherries are produced every year with over 30% exported to over 30 countries with Asian markets being the biggest importers taking 80% of exports.
Australian cherries are produced in six states, with New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania being the three largest producers and South Australia, the fourth largest producer. There has been a rapid expansion in plantings and an enhanced export focus being driven by demand from Asia. Both Western Australia and Queensland are relatively small producers focusing on their domestic markets.