Ripe cherry is laid in a single layer on raised beds to dry. Parchment is turned frequently – about every 30 minutes – to ensure even drying. As cherry dries, workers inspect drying cherry and remove any damaged cherry.
After a few days of drying, cherry is adjusted into a slightly thicker layer to slow drying and frequent raking continues. In total, it takes 8 to 20 days for cherry to dry.