May 4, 2020 GMT. Zanobini emphasizes that, as always, food safety practices are in place in California cherry orchards and packing facilities and that the fruit is run through sanitized water systems before being packaged for sale. A serving size of 21 sweet cherries provides fiber, a shortfall nutrient most Americans don’t consume enough of. “This year growers are focused on making adjustments to their farming and packing operations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among workers.”. Sweet cherries are now harvesting in California and available in stores nationwide. California Cherry Harvest Brings Hope, Health and Extra Precautions. “Including more fiber-rich foods in your diet can lead to better digestive health, something often overlooked when it comes to supporting your immune system as a whole,” says Harbstreet. Including sweet cherries in meals and snacks can be a simple way to provide improved nutrition and appealing flavor for American families. Research conducted by the Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH) indicates there is a correlation between the frequency of eating fruits & veggies and reported levels of life satisfaction and happiness 1. It’s pretty easy to implement social distancing while harvesting cherries since pickers are outside and work one-to-a-tree. The 2020 harvest season kicked off in late April, signaling the start of what the California Cherry Board calls the “sweetest six weeks of summer.” The largest cherry-growing region in the state, located near Lodi, is expected to hit peak harvest by mid-May. The Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH), a nonprofit 501(c)(3), is the only national organization dedicated to helping consumers live happier, healthier lives by eating more fruits and vegetables, including fresh, frozen, canned, dried, and 100% juice, every single day. “Including more fiber-rich foods in your diet can lead to better digestive health, something often overlooked when it comes to supporting your immune system as a whole,” says Harbstreet. (Photo: Business Wire), “Safety is always our highest priority,” says Chris Zanobini, Executive Director of the California Cherry Board, which represent over 600 cherry growers, packers and shippers throughout the state. The glycemic index measures a food’s impact on blood sugar levels. SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sweet cherries are now harvesting in California and available in stores nationwide. 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Including sweet cherries in meals and snacks can be a simple way to provide improved nutrition and appealing flavor for American families. For more information, including a COVID-19 Resource Center, visit http://calcherry.com. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20200504005634/en/, KEYWORD: CALIFORNIA UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA, INDUSTRY KEYWORD: RETAIL AGRICULTURE NATURAL RESOURCES FOOD/BEVERAGE, PUB: 05/04/2020 01:44 PM/DISC: 05/04/2020 01:44 PM, http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20200504005634/en. In addition to better sleep, studies found a decrease in reported anxiety and improved mood. Harbstreet reminds us to maintain good food safety practices in our home kitchens. Zanobini notes that several adjustments are being made to allow harvest crews to continue social distancing during breaks and as they load trailers with fruit and move them out of the field. Press release content from Business Wire. According to Chris Zanobini, Executive Director of the California Cherry Board, the cherry growers, packers, and shippers represented by his organization are diligently working to allow for social distancing, more frequent handwashing, and increased sanitation efforts for equipment used during cherry harvest. “Normally at this time of year, growers are worried about rain, which can cause significant crop losses,” explains Zanobini. Dairy retail sales increase during COVID-19. The Board has created an on-line COVID-19 Resource Center to provide tools and guidance to ensure safe working conditions in the field, packing facilities and with office staff. A serving size of 21 sweet cherries provides fiber, a shortfall nutrient most Americans don’t consume enough of. (Photo: Business Wire), Connect with the definitive source for global and local news, https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20200504005634/en/. Harbstreet reminds us to maintain good food safety practices in our home kitchens. In addition to the long-term health benefits of cherries, consumers can trust the produce industry is taking all necessary precautions to ensure short-term safety as well.