Manisa, a city located in western Turkey, has harvested early varieties of cherries. In Sehzadeler district, the first harvest is celebrated by a symbolic auction. 30 kilo of cherries were sold for 400 Turkish Lira (53 Euro) per kilo.
The early variety of cherries in Manisa is known as the "Cristobalina" variety.
Producer Metin Koyuncu said: "We are in an advantageous position due to the climate and the soil in this area. This year we started from 400 Turkish Lira (53 Euro). Last year we sold our first cherries for 250 Turkish Lira (33 Euro) per kilo. However, prices never remain as high as in the first harvest. As more supplies arrive, prices will be lowered."
Another producer Kadir Dalgin said that they started the season as of April 16 and continued: "Last year, we started a bit earlier due to different climatic conditions. Hopefully, we can continue until mid-June and deliver top quality cherries for about two months."
Manisa's Sehzadeler district produces 50.000 tons of cherries on average per year in an area of 3000 hectares. A majority of these cherries are exported.