Rita

,Rita' opens the sweet cherry season and usually its fruits are free of maggots thanks to the early ripening. Its slow growth and the high yields make it a valuable asset to gourmets which cannot await the beginning of the sweet cherry season.

Parents:

,Trusenszkaja 2' x ,H2'

Growth:

slowly growing, shoots with reddish wood, bent down, globose crown

Blossom:

very early, S-Allele: S5 S22; pollinator with same ripening time i. e.: 'Earlise' ® 'Rivedel', 'Souvenir des Charmes'; pollinators with different ripening time i. e.: 'Samba' ®, 'Sumste' (S), 'Sumbigo' (S), 'Lapins', 'Sweetheart' ®, 'Sumtare' (S)

Ripeness:

very early, 1st cherry week, ripens 8 to 10 days before ,Burlat'

Appearance:

mid-size fruit, up to 30 mm if conditions are favourable (soil and good water supply), obtuse, conical form, at the ventral side slightly flat, bright red, almost mahogany fruits

Quality:

thin skin, soft flesh, somewhat prone to split

Taste:

good, sweet and sourish

Crop yield:

very productive

Special notes:

It is recommended to plant the variety under a mesh to protect it against birds. Due to the very early blossoming planting grounds with frequent late frost should be avoided.