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Roland Dried Amarena Cherries in Syrup, 35.3-Ounce Pail
Flavor: Amarena Cherries in SyrupSize: 35.3 OunceChange
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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.

Nino Amarena
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on August 24, 2011
I thought these would be the type of dried cherries I could use to add antioxidants to baking and cooking recipes. I was not prepared for what arrived. They are not in what I consider dried form. They come in a big bucket which must take up room in your refrigerator after they are opened. The cherries themselves are so sickly sweet you cannot eat them on their own and I'm not sure how they would fare in a recipe. All in all, a disappointment
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on November 25, 2011
Like the other reviewer, I ordered these in order to have dried cherries to add to baked goods and oatmeal, etc.. Instead, I got candied cherries suitable for hyper-sweet fruitcake MAYBE, or for garnishing cupcakes, etc., but not for much else.

Unless you want CANDIED cherries, do NOT order these.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2013
Not a lot of syrup so we cover with bourbon and use to garnish manhattans.
Only disadvantage is not all cherries are whole.
Not quite as good as the brand name amarena cherries in white jars but very good once soaked in bourbon. Very very good price comparatively.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2013
this product states that thisitem is dried however it came to me in a soggy box because they are candied and shipped poorly! VERY DISAPPOINTED
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2013
Let me start off by saying there is nothing healthy about these cherries...these are a Italian candy treat for your baking, for chocolates, and all types of tasty food. I gave some of these to a friend for her marzipan cookies...her husband told me that they were the best ever! These are hard to come by and generally only available at certain times of the year, my hips are grateful for that! These are not dried granola bar cherries...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2013
Roland Amarena Cherries are de...licious!!Roland Amarena Cherries, Dried, 35.3-Ounce I specifically wanted them for an Italian cookie recipe calling for the dried candied "sour" cherries wrapped in an almond cookie crust. They perfectly duplicated a cookie I tried from an Italian bakery years ago. They are also gluten and dairy free so they're perfect for my grandaughter, who can't have anything with wheat or cow dairy. They were delicious and I will certainly make them again and again. Especially since the container holds quite a lot of cherries. They are also great over ice cream and in a savory sauce for pork tenderloin.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2011
I had these first in Europe on ice cream at Isola Bella on Maggorie Lake. They are wonderful and hard to find. I bought all 3 tubs at Spec's. My grandchildren love them on their ice cream too! They are wonderful on plain cheesecake to add great flavor and texture. Also great on a slice of plain vanillal or chocolate pound cake. If the container is too big in your refrigerator, put them in a smaller one as I do!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2009
These cherries are sweet with just a bit of tang. I especially like that they have all natural ingredients - no preservatives. Even though they are dried, they are still quite moist. I paid right at $10 per pound.
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on January 23, 2015
I've bought these several times and will continue to do so. They are candied. No doubt about that. They are sticky and moist and there is a very modest amount of syrup that is included at the bottom. Just like the picture. We love them in drinks and on ice cream. They are very good tasting for the price. Unopened you can just keep them on your shelf. Once opened keep them in the fridge unless you are going to eat them quickly. They will mold. We put the last batch in a jar and topped it off with bourbon. It was outstanding. As long as you don't expect something like the peerless Luxardo cherries or like raisins, you'll probably be happy.
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