Cereza del Jerte (Jerte Valley cherries)
Cereza del Jerte
The ‘Denominación de Origen Protegida’ Cereza del Jerte cherry come from the Jerte Valley the province of Cáceres in Spain’s Extremadura. This hilly area is very sunny and had fertile soil. Whilst are around 40 varieties of cherry are produced there, the ‘Picota’ is the most important and has been growing in the area for about 600 years.
Because they are grown at varying altitudes, they have a harvesting period of 6 weeks or so, from mid-June, to the end of July. The taste of the cherry, which distinguishes it from others, is due to its high sugar content, and its balance between sweetness and acidity.