The End of the Jerte Picota Cherry Season

The Jerte Picota Cherries have started to disappear from UK supermarkets shelves in Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons. The end of their short season is unfortunately here, and we won’t see them again until next June.

The season of Jerte Picota Cherries lasts for approximately 6 weeks from the end of June until the beginning of August. Jerte Picota Cherries are 100% natural, grown with no additives, making them the perfect fruit to enjoy for any meal during the peak of the summer season.

Following century-long family customs, the cherries are grown in a traditional way on terraces carved out of the high mountains in the Jerte Valley, among crystal-clear springs and pure air. Only this location, with a privileged microclimate, could grow the best cherries from Spain. The season was slightly longer this year due to perfect weather conditions in the Jerte Valley.

With their sweet taste and unique appearance, Jerte Picota Cherries are loved all over the UK, with many fans counting down the days to their arrival. Jerte Picota Cherries have a loyal following on social media, where people come for the latest information, post their own recipes and comment about their recent cherry purchases. One loyal fan, Stephanie P., commented saying, “It’s been a wonderful year for the best cherries in the world. Only 46 weeks to go to the next harvest.” This year the Jerte Picota Cherries were also featured in Spanish restaurants throughout London, including José Pizarro Restaurants, Hispania and Ibérica. Delicious dishes were created by top Spanish chefs for people to enjoy.

During the coming months, you can daydream about how you’ll use Jerte Picota Cherries next year, from delicious recipes to snacking moments to summer picnics. Keep an eye out for Jerte Picota Cherries next season, looking for the red and yellow PDO logo that accompanies each punnet of cherries.

Stay updated with the latest Jerte Picota Cherry news at www.cerezadeljerte.org/en or follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Final Weeks of the Jerte Picota Cherry Season

The Jerte Picota Cherry season is in full swing, but these Spanish cherries will only be in UK stores for a short while longer. Jerte Picota Cherries are available until approximately the first week of August due to their natural harvest.

Pick up some Jerte Picota Cherries from your local supermarket so you don’t miss out on their delicious sweetness. They’ll be easy to spot – just look for the red and yellow PDO logo that accompanies each punnet of cherries.

Jerte Picota Cherries are the main variety of cherry that are grown in the Jerte Valley in Spain. They are produced in a natural, traditional way without any extra additives which gives them a deliciously unique flavour and a high vitamin content. After careful selection, only the best cherries are chosen and hand-picked one-by-one into chestnut baskets for consumers.

Jerte Picota Cherries are a PDO product which means they have to be produced in a certain region, in this case the Jerte Valley which lies South-West of Madrid in the Cáceres region. This guarantees a high-quality product and protects the consumers and producers.

With their unique flavour and juiciness, they are the perfect cherry to add to any dish. Looking for a simple way to enjoy Jerte Picotas? Try this easy recipe for dessert tonight.

 Picota Cherries and Vanilla Ice-cream With a Twist

*Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 Punnet of Picota cherries
  • 1 tub of quality vanilla ice cream
  • A bottle of Pedro Ximenez (you won’t need all of it)

Method:

  1. Place a large handful of Picota cherries into 4 bowls, followed by 2 generous scoops of quality vanilla ice-cream per bowl.
  2. Pour approximately one shot of Pedro Ximenez over the ice-cream, or to your taste.
  3. Be careful of the cherry stones, especially if eaten by children.

Warm Duck Salad with Chinese Five Spice and Jerte Picota Cherries

The Jerte Picota Cherry season is in full swing, and Picotas are the perfect addition for this Asian-inspired recipe. The sweetness of the Jerte Picota Cherries and the intense flavour of the duck with Chinese five spice are seamlessly balanced. This recipe serves one.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large duck breast
  • 1 tsp Chinese five spice powder
  • 100g Jerte Picota Cherries, pitted and chopped
  • 50ml white wine
  • a few sprigs of watercress and salad leaves
  • juice of ½ lime
  • sesame oil
  • 1 little gem lettuce

Method:

  1. Season the duck breast and dust with Chinese five spice powder.
  2. Put in a medium-hot frying pan and fry gently for 5 minutes, turning halfway, until lots of fat has come out of the skin and the skin is golden brown.
  3. Take out of the pan and slice thinly – the duck will still be raw in the middle, but don’t worry!
  4. Discard the fat from the pan and put the sliced duck back in. Stir fry for a few minutes, until cooked through and crispy. Set aside.
  5. To cook the Jerte Picota cherries, place them in the frying pan with the white wine. Cook for 1 minute until the cherries turn soft. Take off the heat.
  6. Arrange the salad leaves and Jerte Picotas around and on the duck. Dress with the lime juice and a drizzle of sesame oil. Season to taste.

Enjoy the intense and mouth-watering flavours from the Jerte Picota Cherries!

UK Media Enjoy Jerte Picota Cherries Event at Ibérica Restaurant at Victoria

With the Jerte Picota Cherry season in full swing, this Spanish fruit is proving to be very popular with chefs and restaurants. This summer, Jerte Picota worked with Ibérica at Victoria in London to show media attendees the many ways in which Jerte Picota Cherries can be cooked and presented.

Ibérica is one of the largest Spanish restaurant groups in the UK. It was founded with the aim of bringing an authentic Spanish experience to everyone who visit their restaurants, each designed to have its own personality.

Ibérica in Victoria hosted a dinner for media attendees with one of Ibérica’s Group Head Chefs, Luis Contreras, who created a menu incorporating Jerte Picota Cherries. The event began with a drinks reception where guests tasted the cherries with a glass of Cava in hand. Attendees were then taken through the bespoke menu that incorporated the sweet and juicy flavour of the Jerte Picota Cherry. The dishes were also paired with a variety of Spanish wines from small boutique wineries that are not available anywhere else in the UK apart from at Ibérica.

Below is the delicious menu from the event:

  • Picota cherries gazpacho with soft cheese ice cream, anchovy and mint
  • Pan seared tuna with almond cream
  • Ajoblanco and pickled Picota cherries
  • Ibérico grilled pork pluma with apple purée and Picota cherries sauce
  • Picota cherries crema Catalana foam

Hispania Restaurant in London Celebrates Jerte Picota Cherry Week

Jerte Picota Cherries are working with Hispania, a distinguished restaurant in the City of London that celebrates the delicious foods of Spanish gastronomy, to help spread the love for Picota Cherries this summer.

From 10th July to 14th July, Hispania will host a Jerte Picota Cherry Week. Customers will be able to enjoy juicy Jerte Picota Cherries on the menu by choosing the Jerte Picota and Goat’s Cheese Salad, a Beef Fillet with Jerte Picota reduction and seared foie, or a Chocolate Quenelle with ice cream and Jerte Picota Cherries. These dishes have been prepared by Hispania’s head Chef Iván Ortiz and their Executive chef, Marcos Morán, who both love to cook with the Jerte Picota Cherries. Picota Cherries will also be displayed in the deli area for customers to taste and learn more about their history.

 

Head down to Hispania, located right next to Bank Tube Station, for a chance to taste the delicious and unique Jerte Picota Cherries. Be sure to share a photo of your dish using #JertePicota.

For more information about Hispania, please visit www.hispanialondon.com

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