At Twisted Cherries, we’re all about the cherries!
They have to be great!
They have to be big - only Colossal Cherries!
They have to be grown by trusted family farmers in the United States!
A Little Maraschino Cherry History:
The name Maraschino originated with the Marasca cherry from Croatia and the maraschino liqueur made from it, in which Marasca cherries were pickled and then crushed and preserved. Whole cherries preserved in this liqueur were known as "Maraschino Cherries". These had been a local means of preserving the fruit in Croatia’s Dalmatia region.
In the 19th century, Maraschino cherries became popular throughout Europe, but the supply in Dalmatia was too small for the whole continent. As a result, they became a delicacy, exclusively for royalty and for the wealthy.
Because of the relative scarcity of the Marasca cherry, other cherries came to be preserved in various ways and sold as "Maraschino."
The cherries were first introduced in the United States in the late 19th century, where they were served in fine bars and restaurants. Since they were scarce and expensive, by the turn of the century, American producers were experimenting with other processes for preserving cherries. They used flavors such as almond extract and substituted fruit, such as Queen Anne cherries. Alcohol was becoming less common.
During the Prohibition Era in the United States (1920s), the decreasingly popular alcoholic variety was illegal. Ernest H. Wiegand, a professor of horticulture at Oregon State University, developed the modern method of manufacturing Maraschino cherries, using a brine solution rather than alcohol. Today, most modern Maraschino cherries have only a historical connection with Maraschino liqueur.