Cherries have been cultivated in Britain since their introduction by the Romans, but our once extensive cherry orchards have been lost since the War. 60 years ago we had around 40 thousand acres of cherry orchards, now only around 1 thousand remain. Cherries were grown across the south and west of the country, with the greatest concentration of orchards in Kent – close to the hungry London market and the growing expertise of the continent.
Harvests Mid June – end July
The most popular British dessert cherry is ‘Stella’. It is a large, sweet, juicy fruit that is almost black once ripened. Ideal for the table or eating straight off the tree.