A preserved, sweetened cherry often used as a garnish in cocktails, dessert and baked ham. These come in both red and green varieties, with the red cherries flavored with almond and the green ones sometimes flavored with mint.
A maraschino cherry (pronounced /ˌmærəˈskiːnoʊ/) 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 containing sulfur dioxide or alcohol, then soaked in a suspension of food coloring (common red food dye, FD&C Red 40), sugar syrup, and other components. Maraschino cherries dyed red are typically almond-flavored, while cherries dyed green are sometimes peppermint-flavored.
Selecting and Buying
Preparation and Use
Maraschino cherries are an ingredient in many cocktails. As a garnish, they often decorate baked ham, cakes, pastry, parfaits, milkshakes, ice cream sundaes, and ice cream sodas. They are also used as an accompaniment to sweet paan.
Conserving and Storing
Store in refrigerator in cold temps.