Early Rivers Cherry
 

Early Rivers Cherry

Fruit of the Month - December 2015

A local, early cherry

First Reportedc1872
LocationSawbridgeworth
UseDessert
AppearanceGlossy Black
CropsJune
EatStraight from Tree

Early Rivers cherry is one of the earliest croppers. It is a lovely, heart-shaped, tender-fleshed, glossy black fruit, full of juice and sweet in flavour. Trees produce high quality fruit from mid-June onwards. They seem to thrive even in cold late spring weather.

According to Bunyard, this delicious cherry was raised by Thomas Rivers from Early Purple Gean and introduced about 1872. It is not self-fertile and will require other pollinators nearby, such as Bigarreau de Schrecken, Waterloo or Merton Glory.

The illustration below is from a beautiful watercolour by Miss May Rivers, the eldest daughter of Francis Rivers, circa 1892.

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