I love maraschino cherries. I'm the one collecting the cherries nobody wants on their desserts or banana splits. I would gladly trade my ice cream for them. In the beginning, these cherries were produced for and eaten primarily by royalty. Lucky buggers.
When I did an image search of "maraschino cherry" a lot of images came up of red cherries hanging from branches. They do NOT grow this way they are made this way in pretty much the same way pickles are made.
|Does this really look like anything nature could grow?|
|This is what nature grows|
Years ago any cherry not following this exact method, using another kind of cherry for example, were legally required to be labeled "imitation". Now different cherries are used and they are considered authentic as long as they are:
cherries which have been dyed red, impregnated with sugar and packed in a sugar sirup [sic] flavored with oil of bitter almonds or a similar flavor"
|Chocolate covered cherry martini|
|I got the picture of the multi coloured cherries here|
Now 'maraschino' cherries come in different colours and flavours. Brilliantly coloured and resembling nothing in nature, they are flavoured with mango, berry, lime and lemon.
|Multi coloured jello shots. Recipe here|
Want to try your hand at making them yourself? There is a recipe here.
How Maraschino Cherries are made by professionals