Walking through the campus today I noticed a few dark red cherries on the trees in our green spaces.
The majority of eating cherries are cultivars of either Prunus avium, the wild cherry, or Prunus cerasus, the sour cherry. This put me in mind of an inconsistency in the naming of the cherry family. The literal meaning of the name of the wild cherry Prunus avium is ‘bird cherry’, but the tree which is commonly described by that name in Britain is Prunus padus. Both trees are common in the area around Manchester. The Bird Cherry (Prunus padus) has beautiful white flowers, but the fruits are small and astringent and not good to eat.
In some years the wild cherry produces bumper crops. Despite the dry weather in June, this year has been good. There are lots of trees in the hedgerows near where I live near Warrington. There is a lot of variability between trees, some produce excellent edible fruit, others are poor. National cherry day is on the18th of July, for further information click here.