CHERRY OF THE ASOLANI HILLS
The area that goes from Cornuda to Asolo, in the hilly territories of Asolo, Maser, Coste and Crespignaga, in the period between March and April is whitened by the flowering of cherries, a spectacle of nature! Thanks to the mild climate of the hills, Asolano cherries are the first ones to appear on the Italian markets, since people here are among the biggest producers of this fruit.
The fruits are only found for a brief period of the year, which goes from May to the end of July.
Between the end of May and the beginning of June the exhibition of the Maser cherry is held.
Testimonies attest to cherry growing in this area since the medieval epoch.
In cherry growing in the Asolano hills the plants are kept low, to facilitate the harvest, which is still done by hand to avoid damaging the product, and close to one another. After flowering, and after fecundation, the cherries are formed, reunited in clusters, a red colour. The plants take 4 or 5 years to reach full production and then yield on average from 10 to 40 kg of fruit. Conservation of the product is very limited because of the perishability of the fruits, which within a few hours of harvesting must be put in cold cells.
The cherries of the Asolano hills have many properties: they are rich in vitamins A, B1 and B, and also contain proteins, sugar, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, and potassium mineral salts. Known for their detoxifying and depurative properties, they favour diuretic and anti-uric action and are moderately laxative.
Iniziativa finanziata dal programma di Sviluppo Rurale per il veneto 2007 – 2013
Organismo responsabile dell'informazione: Provincia di Treviso
Autorità di gestione: Regione del Veneto – Piani e Programmi del Settore Primario