As is often the case, we are over-run with the produce of this fertile land. The first ones we had were sort of bog-standard and nothing much to write home about; then we had some “Sweetheart” – so named because of their heart-shape: (please note that the photos are not to scale)
Then we were introduced to “Starky” which are about 3-4 times the size of the standard with the Starky being 15-16 gm each as opposed to the standard ones at about 4-5gm, followed by “Lamper” which are similar to those that we used to call (when I was young) ‘Whiteheart’ except that these are much sweeter
At the weekend we were invited to some friends to pick more cherries and we got some bigger Sweetheart (these are about 1 inch [25 mm] in diameter) and some about the same size but much darker in colour and sweeter. Unfortunately we didn’t quite catch the name of this variety.
You will be aware that, from our village and our province, we export tons of olives and olive oil but you may not realise that we also export cherries. The normal eating varieties go to countries such as Germany and UK but an even bigger surprise is that the Lamper variety is not so popular for eating in Spain because of their pale colour which, it is assumed, means they are less sweet, however they are exported to Ferrero to make their “Mon Cheri” chocolates which contain a cherry in cherry brandy (this does not apply to the USA where most of the “Mon Cheri” chocolates are non-alcoholic and have a nut centre).