Wiesbaden (dpa) - The ongoing harvest of sweet and sour cherries promises a medium amount in Germany. According to estimates by the Federal Statistical Office, the fruit growers are expecting around 53,500 tons.

That would be 11 percent less than in the two previous years, but still around 12 percent more than the average of the past ten years, as the office reported on June 30.

Statisticians explain the declines in Germany with late frosts and drought. Especially with the dominant sweet cherry, yields are expected to decrease by 19 percent this summer. Baden-Württemberg is the most important producer here with almost half of the acreage. The amount of sour cherries remained almost constant at 15,400 tons compared to the previous year. There are most plantations in Rhineland-Palatinate and Saxony here.

Poland was the largest producer in Europe last year with almost 200,000 tonnes. The sour cherry dominates there. Sweet cherries in Europe mostly come from the southern states of Spain, Italy and Greece.

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