Parsons puts the squeeze on cherries in search of value added market

Mobilejuicing.com was in Keremeos on July 10, processing cherries at Parsons Fruit Stand.

Mobilejuicing.com was in Keremeos on July 10, processing cherries at Parsons Fruit Stand.

Kristen and Remo Trovato have modified their mobile juicing machinery to handle fruits other than apples in a bid to extend their juicing season by a couple of months.

“We’re targetting cherries, but we can do other berries,” said Kristen Trovato. “We can also produce fruit pulp from plums, peaches and apricots.”

The Trovatos employ a two stage method to process berry crops. First the fruit is pulped, then an enzyme is added to break down pectin. A couple of days later the juice it siphoned out.

Quentin Parsons is hoping to access new markets with the product.

 

“This is our first time making cherry juice,” he said. “I have restuarants in Banff, Lake Louise and Calgary that I can supply. We’ll see if we can develop a new product.” Parsons has juiced apples and pear in previous years.

The cherries used for juicing are either picked specifically for the purpose, or come off the sorting line as seconds, presenting Parsons with a value added opportunity for culls. Two thousand litres of cherry pulp will result in 1,200 of juice, possibly more.

 

 

Just Posted

Mellalieu running for Greens again in Central-Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola

Robert Mellalieu ran for federal Green Party in 2015 election and provincial Greens in 2017

Short notice for Keremeos residents for Highway 3 paving

The Village of Keremeos is advising residents today because of the short notice

Premier releases details on Keremeos affordable housing project

The proposed project will be designed to include one-, two- and three-bedroom units

Chance of showers and thunderstorm for Okanagan-Shuswap-Similkameen

Mostly cloudy day for the Okanagan-Shuswap and Similkameen regions

“Our community has had its heart broken”: Penticton celebrates life of David Kampe

Community and families members who knew Kampe give tearful addresses

Video shows fireworks shot at swan in Alberta

Alberta Fish and Wildlife is investigating the incident in Grande Prairie

Okanagan bylaw officer best in B.C.

Al Harrison of Vernon named Bylaw Officer of the Year at annual association conference

Man accused of assault at South Okanagan beach gets bail

Thomas Brayden Kruger-Allen was granted bail at the Penticton provincial courthouse on Monday

‘Text neck’ causing bone spurs to grow from millennials’ skulls, researchers say

Technology use from early childhood causing abnormal bone growths in 41 per cent of young adults

B.C. teen killed by fallen tree on field trip remembered as hero

13-year-old Tai Caverhill was the first to spot the tree falling and warned his friends

Surrey RCMP raises Pride flag amid din of protesters

There were about 30 protesters on either side, and 20 Mounties doing crowd control

Should B.C. get rid of Daylight Saving Time?

The province wants to know, as state governments down south make the move

Air Canada reviewing how crew left sleeping passenger on parked plane

In a Facebook post, the woman said she woke up ‘all alone’ on a ‘cold dark’ aircraft

Canadians crash out of Women’s World Cup in 0-1 loss to Sweden

Canada missed a chance to tie the game on a penalty shot

Most Read