Pico Colorado cherry (Scarlet Peak), is a Spanish cherry variety with unknown varietal origin, (cherry seeds randomly pollinated).
Curiosities: Cherry variety traditionally grown in Extremadura. It is one of the varieties admitted within the D.O.P. “Cherry of the Jerte”.
Characteristics of Pico Colorado Cherry
Flowering: Pico Colorado is a self-sterile and medium flowering variety (first week of April). Among other varieties, it can be pollinated with Pico Negro , Hedelfingen (Group VII) and Van (Group II).
Maturation: Pico Colorado cherry, mature 34 days after Burlat. It is classified as a cherry variety very late.
Productivity: Scarlet Peak has a productivity media.
Vigor and bearing of the tree: The tree is very vigorous and of bearing erect.
Agronomic characterization of Scarlet Peak cherry
Size: The size of the fruit is very small, with a diameter of just 22-23 mm.
Form: Pico Colorado cherry has shaped cordiform.
Skin color: when it reaches maturity, the cherry is red.
Pulp color: the flesh of the cherry is cream yellow.
Taste: the cherry variety Pico Colorado, is good taste.
Firmness: Pico Colorado is a cherry firm consistency, with the crispy touch characteristic of cherry cherries and that provides a nice crunchy sensation when consumed .
Cracked Resistance: Pico Colorado cherries have good cracking or cracked resistance, one point below the maximum resistance rating. As it is a very late ripening cherry, cracking damages are usually scarce.
Peduncle length: Scarlet Peak has a very long peduncle. Favorable aspect in the face of collection.
Drop the peduncle supports harvest without tail. It is harvested usually without tail, being a traditional variety of “cherry pillory“.
Positive aspects: Harvest without tail Maturation very late.
Good resistance to cracking.
Negative aspects: Very small size. Average productivity
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