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Amarena cherries are not your regular cherries!!!!!
on May 21, 2013
Since my last name is Amarena and these cherries are originally from Italy I can shed some light for future customers who would like to buy these. Amarena cherries are not your regular cheeries you buy at groceries or produce stores, that goes with names like Bing and other. Amarena are small cherries the size of a garbanzo bean or larger(the name Amarena is not a family or product name but a description of their taste) that are quite sour and will never acquire sweetness no matter where they are grown or for how long they are on the tree. These species of cherries were and are used as a root stock for sweet cherries sold at stores because they are very drought tolerant and disease tolerant.
Their name Amarena come from the Latin "amaro" which means "sour". The sweetness comes from the curing and preserving method which uses lots of sugar to off-set the sourness. As such, these cheries have won international culinary awards as decoration fruit for mostly ice-cream based desserts. Usually placed on top of the dessert as a "final touch" of sweetness.
In France they are known as "griottes" and used in similar way plus they are famous there for use in tarts and tartlettes (which as its name implies "tarts" used to be made with fruit that was tart or sour and covered with praline or sweetened syrups to off-set the sourness).
For all of those who bought them, try Amarene on top of icecreams or sundaes and your opinion will change.