Edessa is known worldwide for its fruit production. It is the production land of the famous cherries of Edessa, as well as of peaches, kiwi, mirabelles, blackberries, apricots, figs, apples and pears. Edessa’s products are famous for their quality and great nutritional value and taste, which is due to the appropriate farming practices and, of course, the good quality of its water resources. It is a reference point for the world-famous term "Macedonia fruit" or fruit variety; since King Midas times Edessa is known for the quality of its fruits in the most widely spoken languages of the world.
The manufacturing sector is equally important in the production processing. Plenty of organized agricultural cooperatives with certified modules and several women's cooperatives are responsible for the transport of fresh products, canned products as well as the production of sweets, jams and other fruit products (juices, delights, liqueurs, etc).
In the wider area of Edessa there are many dairy products units producing feta cheese and the famous "batso cheese", meat and sausages plants, pasta laboratories, wineries and dairy laboratories (yogurt).
However, Edessa’s trademark is the cherry fruit. The "Cherries of Edessa" or "Cherries of Vodena" have been cultured in Edessa since the reign of Alexander the Great, who brought them from Asia, while there are many references at Edessas cherries in the Greek literature as writers (Stratis Myrivilis and Menelaus Lountemis) and poets (Kostas Karyotakis and Mark Meskos) mention the famous Edessa’s cherries in their works. The cherry varieties such as the famous "Crunchy Edessa", known as "Cherries of Vodena" are consumed in the domestic market but also exported. So it is not a coincidence that the Cherry Routes belong to Edessa, as they highlight the connection of the place to its production and to the rich aquatic natural environment.