Cherry picking in Israel: grab your baskets!

cherry picking in Israel

Joining the amazingly good selection of delicious fresh summer fruits in Israel (think: mango, watermelon, peaches, grapes etc), here’s yet another juicy and very tasty fruit to savor in the Holy Land:  cherries! These red pearls of health are largely grown in the north of Israel and this is the season to go grab some (the cherry season is short, so be quick!).

You can find cherry orchards throughout the Galilee and the Golan Heights, though many orchards are wary of letting the public loose on their trees; cherry trees are known to be very sensitive to poor pruning and picking.

Typically the orchard owners charge something like 25-30 shekels per person, but many of them have also added additional attractions for the kids, including pony rides and other activities.

So if you’re looking to pluck some cherries, here are a few great places that regularly open up their orchards to the public:

  • Bustan Bereshit Bagolan at Ein Zivan in the Golan Heights (call 04-6993612). One of the best places to pick, this place is full of great attractions for the kids, and you could easily spend the day here. It’s also just 5 minutes away from the amazing Mount Bental.
  • Moshav Odem, just up the road from Gonen in the Golan. For further information, call 052-3791651 or 054-2600130.
  • Kibbutz Elrom, also in the Golan. For more details, call 04-6838016.
  • Pick Your Own Fruit at Moshav Shaal, on the road to Odem (on Road 978). For more details, call 052-4600465.
  • Kesem Hapri in the south of the Golan. For more details, call 052-7560460.
  • Yatir Forest (actually in the south of Israel) has an annual cherry picking festival, call 1-800-350-550 for details.

These are great places to take the kids, and there are also many other great spots in the north of Israel to stop off at. Take a look at the map below for an idea of where exactly the above orchards are…

Go grab some cherries!

8 Comments

  1. Dan

    June 14, 2012 at 10:58 am

    The Gonen resort says that they don’t have cherry picking.

    • Ashley

      June 14, 2012 at 11:50 am

      Really?? I got their details from a leading Hebrew website, will check into it.

  2. Jennifer

    June 17, 2012 at 8:18 am

    The north is literally bursting with fruit. We were up there this weekend and there is also cherry picking at Sha’al (about 5km north of the moshav in the direction of Odem), not to mention the whole area around Masade and Majdal Shams.

    • Ashley

      June 17, 2012 at 9:00 am

      Thanks for the info Jennifer!

  3. Eva

    May 13, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    what about Gush Etzion? any options?

    • Ashley

      May 13, 2013 at 7:57 pm

      I’m sure there are, I only know of the orchards in the north, sorry.

    • Ashley

      May 30, 2013 at 8:57 pm

      In Gush Etzion try Kibbutz Rosh Tzurim, about 20km south of Jerusalem.

  4. Ashley

    May 25, 2015 at 9:53 am

    Another place in the south is the Yatir Forest, on the southern slopes of Mount Hebron in the Negev, with 40 acres of successfully harvested fruits and nuts (including cherries). There’s an annual event there, organized by the regional council.

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