If summer had a taste, it would be cherry. This sweet juicy fruit with a high nutritional value was one of the main export products of Lovran.
Cherry is an original Mediterranean fruit. It probably arrived in the Lovran area from Greece even before the beginning of the Common Era, when this sweet fruit was discovered by the Romans, who had their villae rustica on the coast of Lovran. Cherries are the sweetest introduction to the summer, because in June Lovran’s gardens are full of these large, dark red fruits.
The cherry has been one of Lovran’s main export items for centuries. Ships from Lovran harbour often carried this fruit, which was known for its quality, size and taste.
There are several varieties of Lovran cherries, which differ in size and taste: the bright and sweet cvetići, the dark and soft duraže, the smaller and harder matešinke, the slightly sourer fruštejke, and the largest and most famous brtošinke. Cherries are used to make great jams and compotes, excellent desserts and strudels, as well as complex dishes. Numerous specialities prepared with this excellent and healthy fruit can be tasted during Cherry Days in June.