The first Spanish cherries, from Lower Aragon and the Jerte Valley, have been spoiled by the rains.
Lower Aragon’s production experienced losses of almost 80% in its first varieties, especially Early Bigi and, to a lesser extent, the Burlat variety. In most cases, also due to the fruit’s size, the cherries have been damaged and are not suitable for selling.
The Jerte region, in Caceres, has also been affected by the water and its first fruits have been spoiled. However, in the case of later varieties, the rainfall has been beneficial and will produce a better size. In this situation, and in view of the impact on the earlier produce, the campaign is beginning a few days later in all producer areas.
In Extremadura, the Navalinda, the first variety included in the Jerte Cherry Designation of Origin, will begin to be picked at the end of May. The different varieties will follow from then on up to the well-known Picota, a larger, stemless cherry.