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maraschino cherry


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A cherry preserved in a sweet red syrup. Until the early 1900s, the syrup was composed of maraschino.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A cherry which is colored a deep red and sweetened by cooking in colored syrup, and flavored with maraschino. It is used as a garnish in deserts and cocktails.
  • noun The marasca cherry tree.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun Dalmatian bitter wild cherry tree bearing fruit whose juice is made into maraschino liqueur
  • noun cherry preserved in true or imitation maraschino liqueur


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  • A maraschino cherry is a preserved, sweetened cherry, typically made from light-colored sweet cherries such as the Royal Ann, Rainier, or Gold varieties. The cherries are first preserved in a brine solution (usually sulfur dioxide or alcohol), then soaked in a suspension of food coloring, sugar syrup, artificial and natural flavors, and other components. Maraschino cherries dyed red are typically almond-flavored, while cherries dyed green are usually peppermint-flavored.

    The name maraschino refers to the marasca cherry and the maraschino liqueur made from it, in which maraschino cherries were originally preserved. They were, at first, produced for and consumed as a delicacy by royalty and the wealthy. Today they are a common dessert and drink garnish. Carmine, the coloring agent commonly used as a food dye, is derived from the cochineal insect.


    February 6, 2008