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Where did Maraschino cherries get their name?

  1. bethperry profile image91
    bethperryposted 3 years ago

    Where did Maraschino cherries get their name?

    And how long has this candied process been used?

  2. Rochelle Frank profile image95
    Rochelle Frankposted 3 years ago

    I don't know-- but I have heard that they are bleached in a couple of chemical solutions -- sulfur dioxide and some kind of chlorine, before being soaked in high fructose corn syrup and strong red dye. I think they should be avoided, as pretty as they are.

    1. bethperry profile image91
      bethperryposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      It wouldn't surprise me! I absolutely detest the taste of them.

    2. DzyMsLizzy profile image96
      DzyMsLizzyposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I heard formaldehyde!  Someone once chided me for eating the cherry out of my drink.  I was stunned--we're drinking alcoholic beverages--certainly no better for you!  I like the cherries; a few now & then won't hurt!

    3. bethperry profile image91
      bethperryposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Formaldehyde? Oh my!

  3. The Examiner-1 profile image75
    The Examiner-1posted 3 years ago

    The cherries in Oregon became mushy. There was a man named Ernest Wiegand who started working on this. He ordered cherries from Italy, they were soaked in calcium salts and then soaked, or dipped, in maraschino liquor. It started in about 1925, I believe.

    1. The Examiner-1 profile image75
      The Examiner-1posted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I meant to also say that Rochelle was correct about the Red 40 and sugar syrup plus the chemicals.

    2. bethperry profile image91
      bethperryposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Dear goddess! I may never let my kids touch these things again.

 
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