Sweet Early cherry (DCA BO 84.704.006) is a variety developed by the research station of the University of Bologna (Italy). The variety originated thanks to a cross made between the varieties Burlat and Sunburst. Also named Panaro 1. Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) registered since 2011. The obtain rights are valid until the year 2040.
Curiosities: It is a very interesting variety for its uniform and extra-early maturation, also improves the resistance to cracking of other varieties of cherry of this time. It’s a good substitute for Burlat.
Characteristics of Sweet Early cherry
Flowering: The variety of Cherry Sweet Early, is self-fertile, therefore, it does not require other varieties to be pollinated. An IMIDA publication states that Sweet Early belongs to the Group XVIII (S 1 S 9).
Maturation: Sweet Early, is extra-early maturation, 2-4 days before Burlat.
Productivity: Sweet Early cherry, is considered to be half-entry into production (4th Year) and according to the Authorized nursery for the sale of the variety (Provedo), is of high and constant production. French nurseries give the variety a medium-high productivity.
Vigor and bearing of the tree: Sweet Early, has medium-strong vigor and its bearing is between erect and semi -erect.
Sweet Early cherry, morphological characteristics
Size: Sweet Early cherry, has the size or thickness thick. You can get calibers of 28 mm.
Form: Sweet Early cherries have rounded shape.
Skin color: Sweet Early, attains maturity dark red.
Pulp Color: Sweet Early has the pulp color Red.
Taste: The variety of Cherry Sweet Early, is a sweet cherry with little acidity. Its flavor is good, suitable for an extra-early cherry.
Firmness: Sweet Early cherries, shows firmness media.
Cracked Resistance: Sweet Early, has medium resistance to cracking. Other sources give it as a variety of good resistance, an aspect that will depend on the load of the tree and other aspects. In my opinion, its resistance is at first glance comparable to Burlat.
Cracked area: Peduncular, general.
Length of peduncle: Sweet Early cherries have a peduncle of medium-long size.
Does not release the peduncle.
Positive aspects: Uniform and extra-early collection. Resist cracking better than Early Lory and Early Bigi . Lower incidence of double fruits than Burlat.
Negative aspects: Slow entry into production.
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