Cherries – Sour cherries
There is no information about the origin of the cherry. There are reports that claim that the ancient Greeks believed that this tree came from the city of Kerasounda on the Black Sea.
Initially, the cherry tree has been cultivated for its wood and not for its fruits, while its systematic cultivation began in the 16th century. Today, the cherry tree is cultivated for its delicious fruits that have great nutritional and commercial value.
The cherry is a demanding tree and needs specific climatic conditions to grow adequately. In the middle of winter the tree is in dormancy and is particularly resistant to low temperatures. In addition, the cold of winter is needed in order for the buds to come out of their dormancy and develop smoothly in the spring.
During the fall and early winter, very cold temperatures cause damage to the tree. In the spring when the cherry blossoms and fruits begin to create, rains reduce the rate of fruit set.
Additionally, strong spring winds will blow the blossoms and reduce cherry production. The cherry tree needs a cool summer as it cannot withstand high temperatures. High temperatures especially during July – August greatly increase the percentage of double fruits, which are considered of inferior quality and are not marketable.
Cherries, like our sour cherries, have a very good preservation without altering their quality and organoleptic characteristics. In our facilities there are freeze chambers where we keep cherries and sour cherries for up to 1.5 months after their harvest.