Flathead Lake Cherries - The Best Cherries In The World
Distance from Mt. Forge: varies
Favorite Items: CHERRIES!!!
The first time we came to Montana in 2017, we were driving on the east shore of Flathead Lake and we kept seeing cherry stands what felt like every half mile. Being from the east coast, we didn't really understand why there were so many cherry stands. We eventually stopped at one to see what all the hype was about and we were informed by the attendant that Flathead Cherries are the best cherries in the world. It all has to do with the incredible micro-climate of Flathead Lake.
These cherries are so prominent that every they even have the Flathead Cherry Festival.
"it's actually the mild lake-influenced climate, pure waters, and fertile soil that make Flathead cherries the brightest and most flavorful on earth." - source
"In the spring of the year, when we can have fluctuating temperatures between very warm and very cold, the lake, still cold from the long Montana winter, allows for the land to stay cooler, so there isn’t the great fluctuation in temperatures that might trick the cherries into growing and then freezing when the temperatures drop again. By the time the trees commence blossoming, the landscape is beginning its warming phase. Then, throughout the summer months, the warm sun heats up Flathead Lake. In autumn, when killing frosts arrive, that heated water, slow to cool, allows the land to stay a bit warmer and protect the trees until they go dormant. Otherwise, a freeze would kill them. These cherry trees are delicate and they owe their existence to Flathead Lake." - source
These cherries are must have on your visit to Montana. They're a great snack to have on your ride up to Glacier National Park and they're an amazing treat to include in any meal.