Irulegi Irratia

II-118a

  • Recording date: 1998-06-15
  • Owner: Euskarabidea-mediateka
  • Informant: Jean Pierre Antchordoquy
  • Main theme: Cherries of Itxassou. The owner of the house Pelloine.
  • Permission to query: Free
  • Permission to publish: Limited
  • Sound quality: Good
Towns Dialects Maps
Labourd (low-navarrese - navarro-labourdin)
Piece Time Summary
A07 00:42:38
00:46:44
The commercial salesmen used to say that the cherry from there was the best.(45:20") Goodbye.
A06 00:41:17
00:42:38
Song.
A05 00:30:28
00:41:17
How the cherry began in Itsaso: A man came to the house called Zapata and there he began to sow some cherry plants. Both the “Zapata” cherry and the “pelua” cherry owe their names to the owners of two houses. February is the best month to graft the cherries. The planting, however, is done in the Fall. How they would do the grafting. Both the grafting as well as the sowing are done in the fourth phase of the new moon.When planting it is important to leave a certain space between the trees.
A04 00:26:40
00:30:28
Song.
A03 00:11:20
00:26:40
In a good year they have gathered up to two tons. If the cherry tree loses its flowers, it will not give any fruit. The best year was 1960. The two brothers and the father and a young boy would be all day picking the cherries. They would begin in the middle or the end of May and would finish in the middle or end of June. They would begin very early in the morning. Because in the afternoon you pick less as you don’t have the same strength. It is very bad for the varicose veins and every year someone would suffer that. They would be up the tree until the buyer came. They would be at the same work all month. If it rained they did not pick them. Now the cherry has disappeared from there. Whenever there was a good year, the earnings were very good. When it was the season for picking there was money in everyone’s pocket. The cherry pickers, the dealers, everyone would gather in the tavern in the evening.The cherries were not treated with anything.Sometimes they had to go to the very top of the tree but if it was very difficult the cherries were left there without breaking the branches. They would try to hold the branches down with cords and ladders.His father made ladders and everyone had his own. The cherry from Itsaso is good but now nobody goes that business. The cherry there was like the grape is to Bordeaux.
A02 00:09:55
00:11:20
Song.
A01 00:00:00
00:09:55
Introduction: Cherries from Itsaso.(01:50") By the age of fourteen he had begun to pick the cherries. However, since he was very small, he would climb the trees to pick cherries to eat.Types of cherry: “pelua”, “Zapata” and a bitter-tasting one. To pick them from the trees they used small sacks. To pick them from the ground they did not use baskets, but rather, “plates” as you can’t pile up many cherries if not. They also used a kind of cart. They would always pay the day after taking away the cherries and weighting them.The cloths were not made at home, there was someone who would make them. They would use oxen to pull them.It is necessary to be gentle when picking the cherries. To pick them with the root and without the leaf and leave the rotten ones on the trees.
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II-118a-A 46:44
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