Posted on July 23rd, 2016
Cherries are serious business in the Luberon. Available in the markets between May and July, there are numerous varieties. The first to mature is the Burlat, followed by Folfer, Van, Summit, Stark, Belgian and Sweetheart. Annual cherry festivals are held in several villages, including Venasque and Malemort-du-Comtat. We went to the festival in Caseneuve, a small hill village above Apt, dominated by its 11th century castle. From 2017, the cherries of Ventoux will be protected by the European quality mark PGI (Protected Geographical Identification). This IGP will apply to cherries produced in 86 communes of the Vaucluse, around Mont Ventoux to the Luberon with approved varieties, a minimum size of 24 mm and a guaranteed maturity.