The first cherries grown under the umbrella of the Protected Designation of Origin "Cereza del Jerte", specifically those of the Navalinda variety, have already started to be certified, reports the president of the PDO, Emilio Sánchez
"So far, the campaign has not had a good start in terms of production, since the rains and hail have spoiled many early and mid-season cherries," said Sánchez. For this reason, this year's Navalinda harvest is expected to amount to between 30,000 and 40,000 kilos, compared to the more than 300,000 kilos that have been certified in previous years. "However, the little that is left in the trees is improving day by day, and that is why we think that high quality cherries can still reach the markets."
Once the Navalinda certification starts, the famous Jerte picotas, which have not been as affected by adverse weather conditions, will follow. "If the weather remains favorable during the rest of the campaign, we estimate that 80% of the picotas will be saved," said Emilio Sánchez.
Regarding the situation generated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the head of the PDO has said that, although the people were "very concerned" at the beginning of the campaign, "in the end, everything will be handled with caution and as much as possible will be harvested."
Source: Europa Press / regiondigital.com