Know your cherries

Interviews with Rob Malcolm, cherry farmer, and Pam Talbot on picking cherries in the 1960s and 1970s – and a poem, ‘Know your cherries’

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Park Farm Community Orchard, Lynsted, by S Palmer
Park Farm Community Orchard, Lynsted, by S Palmer

Know your cherries

Dark. Traditional. Heavy cropper.
Large rich fruits with a superb flavour.

Merton Biggareau, Bradbourne Black

Flowering early. Fruits in mid July.
Pleasant old white Kent variety.

Gaucher Biggereau, Noir de Guben

Banana-yellow, flushed with orange.
Spectacularly large, red, self-fertile.

Early Rivers, Early Purple Guigne

Great size, rich flavour, glossy,
burgundy-coloured skin.

Napoleon Biggereau, Sunburst, Merton Glory

Throwing out abnormally long branches.
Self-fertile qualities have appeared.

Florence, Amber, Stella, Ohio Beauty

Particularly succulent and handsome.
Prone to canker. Needs to be watched.

Maria C. McCarthy © 2015

Using words from Cherries: Cultivation in Kent and Selected Recipes, Gavin MacLennan