[NAFEX] Harvesting Prunus serotina
jfruth at tds.net
Sun Apr 1 09:38:40 EDT 2007
When I harvest Wild Black Cherry, I do it the way Black Bear do it.
Bend the tree to the ground. I use a length of rope and my spare tire to
hold it there until I'm through picking. When the bole becomes too thick to
be bent down, I use a step ladder but (up to) 4" trees can be bent down
providing you do it every year.
Like Chokecherry, the fruit is born on racemes. Unlike Chokecherry
whose fruit all ripens at the same time on any given tree, Black Cherry
fruits ripen one at a time so there are ripe fruit and green, and everything
in between, on the same raceme. That makes for inconvenient harvesting,
having to pick one berry at a time instead of stripping the whole raceme.
If your tree is in an area that is not subject to alot of bird pressure, you
can wait until all the berries per raceme ripen, as most will hang on until
they become very overripe. At that point, they become sugary-sticky, messy
to pick but worth the mess to make jelly. We make Black Cherry Jelly here
at Brambleberry Farm.
Pequot Lakes, MN 56472
(218)831-7018 [My Cell]
This is great
fruit, the trick being to find those trees & branches which can be harvested
the ground or from the bed of a truck. If you have enough success w/ this
please share the best techniques you find, and also the scionwood.
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