California’s major fresh-market cherry variety is the Bing. It is well known as a large, dark red cherry with superb flavor and firm, juicy flesh. It is described as sweet, acidic with excellent flavor, juicy, firm and crunchy. Bing cherries mature mid-season. It is the predominant variety available from California for the majority of the month of May and into early June.
The Brooks variety was developed by the University of California. It is a large, firm red cherry that tolerates hot climates. The Brooks variety is sweet, rich and well balanced with a firmness close to that of the Bing. Brooks ripens ahead of Bing and is available in the early weeks of California cherry harvest which begins in mid-April.
The medium-sized Chelan™ cherry is tasty when picked at its best tart flavor. Ripening 11 to 14 days ahead of Bing, Chelan™ is firm and attractive with mahogany red skin and medium to dark red flesh. It has a mild, sweet flavor and is firm. (U.S. Plant Patent No. 8545)
Coral is a low-acid cherry with glossy dark flesh and very sweet flavor that is similar to Bing. Maturing in early midseason 5 days after Chelan, this export-quality fruit is firm and large to very large.
Rainier is a large, yellow cherry with a red blush and light yellow flesh. Exquisitely flavored with high sugar levels, this is a premium niche variety that ripens just after Bing.
Tulare is a large, dark red, early season variety with good flavor that ripens 8 to 9 days ahead of Bing, but may not be as firm as Bing. It is predominantly available in the early cherry season in California which begins in mid-April.