We picked the first phase of our cherry harvest on the 12th of June, almost two weeks later than we would normally expect to do so. Last year they were ready well before the end of May, but we were told by our neighbours that it was not advisable to harvest them before June 1st.
What a difference the weather can make.
We picked around twenty kilos from this massive old tree this year, but you can see from this photo that they are not as healthy looking as you would normally expect them to be.
You will notice the difference if you take a look at last years photos. Cherry Harvest May/June 2009
The second phase of the cherry harvest on June 15th we were lucky enough to have the help of my sister and her husband who are here on holiday at the moment. There are a few more photos of the harvest on Flickr
Unfortunately in this second batch, a different variety from the previous ones we found some of these rather unwelcome bugs. I dread to think how many I may have consumed without realising, well you are supposed to eat some while you are picking surely? Somehow I now wish that maybe I had not done so! I do not appear to have come to any harm though as this was a few days ago.
Oh my don't they look disgusting!!
Sadly the majority of these beautiful cherries were wasted. You can see the holes in some of them!
We think it was a combination of too much rain and not enough sun that ruined our cherries this year. We were fortunate that we picked twenty kilos in the first batch which we have enjoyed fresh and frozen in batches for use throughout the year. We still have jam and bottled cherries left from last year as well which was a really magnificent crop.
Lets hope for a better spring weather-wise and therefore a healthier crop next year. At least we can now understand why the cherries are so expensive this year with such wastage, 7 Euros a kilo in the markets and shops.