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Extending the season for Kentish cherries

University of Greenwich

Project objectives

In the UK, we are reliant on imported cherries following the relatively short British harvest. By growing and selecting the strongest cherries at the right time during harvest, we could extend the British season. This would not only enable more UK-grown produce to be sold, but also help to reduce costs and reduce the amount of food waste lost in storage. This project will look at new ways to measure when the fruit is ripe, so growers know when it is the right time to harvest. They will also look at different ways of storing the crop to extend its shelf-life.

Lead Researcher: Dr Richard Colgan
Industry: Fruit
Industry partners: Norton Folgate, C. E. Murch, International Water Solutions, Storage Control Systems Ltd, TerraPrima
Topic: Food quality, Food waste
Funded by: Growing Kent & Medway
Project start date: May-2022
Project end date: Nov-2025