This year's harvest will start earlier due to the high temperatures

Cherry trees already getting buds in some regions of Spain

The record temperatures in the Iberian Peninsula have also hit the city of Leon, which has just reached the highest temperature in February since 1981, with 21.8ºC.

Cherry producers are delighted with this, because the trees are already getting buds, and if the temperatures continue this way, they will bloom in early April; and in May they will be able to pick cherries in Bierzo, as long the frosts don't destroy a good part of the harvest, as was the case in 2018.

"The hotter it gets, the earlier the buds appear, and the earlier we'll have a production of Bierzo cherries," said Balbino Guerrero, a cherry producer, who pointed out that for the fruit's quality to be good, there need to be no frosts or excess water.

"With this intense heat we are having, we believe that the harvest will kick off about 15 days earlier," said Begoña Bello, beekeeper and cherry producer.

She added that they are looking forward to the bloom, "so that the bees can do the most important work: the pollination."

The beekeeper estimates that tourists will be able to see Corullón cherries from early or mid-April.


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