Black Star cherry (DCA BO 85.723.002) was obtained by the research center of the University of Bologna in Italy. The origin is a cross made during the year 1985 between Lapins (1983) and Burlat . The variety is found in the EU varietal record under the name Black Star (2012). Therefore, currently, authorization is needed for the multiplication of this variety of cherry. As for the exploitation rights of Black Star, they have a duration of 30 years, maintaining their validity until the year 2042. Currently, Provedo nurseries is the authorized nursery for its propagation in Spain.
Curiosities: Back Star cherries have not shown symptoms of cracking, even in springs of high rainfall. It is a variety of recent introduction, which due to its characteristics, should expand at a good pace during the next years.
Characteristics of the Black Star cherry variety
Bloom: Black Star is a self-fertile cherry variety. Black Star Cherry, is of medium flowering (blooms during the first week of April). It is classified within Group II of pollinators.
Maturation: Black Star cherries, is a variety of medium maturation. Reach the point of collection or maturation, after 17 days of Burlat. Other sources indicate the date of collection as late, after Sunburst.
Productivity: The cherry tree Black Star, is a very high productivity variety. A study of the IMIDA indicated potential yields of 30 tons / ha, equivalent to 80% of the Potential production indicated for Lapins.
Vigor and carriage of the tree: Black Star tree, has medium vigor and the bearing open. It sprouts well, being easier to handle than other varieties.
Morphological characteristics of the Black Star Cherry
Size: Black Star cherry, has a thick size, when it reaches maturity. Black Star has 28-29mm in size.
Form: Back Star cherries have Cordiform form. Heart shaped cherries are usually more attractive to consumers.
Skin color: The variety of Cherry Black Star, presents an attractive color garnet upon reaching maturity. Maintains firmness, allowing collection with blackish color.
Pulp Color: Black Star cherries have Pink-Red color.
Taste: Classifies the Black Star cherry, as a variety of good flavor. It has a good content of sugars and acidity.
Firmness: The Cherry Black Star, is classified as hard, firm or of good firmness. Its high firmness, provides a great resistance in the tree and allows a very broad harvest period. It presents good post harvest and thanks to its firmness, it handles handling and transport well.
Cracked Resistance: The Black Star cherry variety has very good crack, cracking or cracking resistance. It has not shown signs of cracking during high rainfall springs. For the safety that cracking resistance provides, it is a variety that should not be missing in any commercial plantation.
Length of the peduncle: Black Star has the peduncle of length medium-long. The peduncle has an adequate size, which facilitates collection.
Drop the peduncle at maturity, can be classified as Cherry of the “Picota” type. Cherry of the “pillory” type or without tail, is usually more appreciated by sellers (longer period of life) and buyers (They tend to be cherries of pleasant flavor and crunchy). On the part of the producers, picking the cherry without tail, supposes a greater capacity of collection and productivity of the operation.
Positive aspects: You do not need pollinators. “Total” cracking resistance . It allows the collection without tail. Cherry of excellent quality, size, flavor and firmness.
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