Chelan was developed by TK Toyama in Washington, USA in 1971 by crossing the Stella and Beaulieu varieties. It is the most popular early season dark red sweet cherry in the North West USA. The fruit has mahogany red skin and a medium to dark red flesh. It requires either Merchant, Rainer, Bing, Van or Index to cross pollinate. Optimum flavour is reached when the skin of the fruit is darkest. The fruit tastes slightly acidic if picked early. This is a very popular cherry for those who like a crunchy cherry that is a little less sweet and has a lower juice content.