Perhaps one of the coolest items from my recent Food Fête quite literally came in one of the smallest packages. Now I have loved Maraschino cherries ever since they topped my sundaes and sweetened my Shirley Temples – God, there was something magical about fishing-out that bright red jewel at the bottom of the glass as a kid. Of course now that I am an adult and my tastes have matured, I can safely say I have not had a Maraschino cherry in ages – not to mention they seemed to have lost the magic they once held once I learned how they are actually made – but everything in moderation (or slight excess) is my mantra. I was however giddy when I heard that CherryMan came up with a natural Farm to Market alternative – a slightly less red cousin to the electric red ones of years gone by.
At first I was a bit apprehensive because, let’s face it, natural and Maraschino are not quite synonymous. The Maraschino is also a cultural icon that as soon as you hear the word you know what it tastes like. So what exactly did it’s natural cousin taste like? Well, I am glad you asked. It was every bit as familiar as its bright red counterpart, but was more muted in color and while sweet, was not as sweet. I became completely obsessed with these muted red balls of deliciousness and was offering them to guests over for cocktails like I had stock in the company. I just thought they were so gosh darn cool. Not to mention several found their way into my regular evening cocktail regimen when I wanted to feel all fancy – and yes, if you pour some of the juice into aforementioned cocktail it makes it even cooler (and more delicious).
Alas, that little jar did not stand a chance but I am so glad they make a larger jar – though the mini-jar (as the brand mentioned to me in passing because I apparently scream lush) is in fact TSA approved so, if you find yourself at 35,000 feet and sans cherry – fear not (and quite frankly we’ve all been there). You also can have stems or no-stems — whatever your cherry preference.
Okay, if I keep gushing about these cherries we’ll have to get a room, but one thing I did want to point out is that these are farm to market and there is a QR code on each bottle so you can find out where your cherries were born – er, I mean grown. Mine came from Wakedale Farms.
You can learn more about Cherry Man’s products on their Web site and find out where you can pick-up your very own. I have my eye on that snazzy T-shirt with the Cherry Man himself on it. It’s also good to know I can pick-up 30 lbs. of cherries for when I entertain. Cherries for everyone!