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The Marasca cherry (Prunus cerasus var. marasca) is a type of sour Morello cherry. The Marasca cherry is limited in its availability, as the tree has strict environmental requirements for successful growth. The fruit's largest yield is in Zadar in Croatia, but it has been successfully cultivated in northern Italy, Slovenia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is thought that the tree originated in Central Asia.

Compared to other cherries, the fruit of the Marasca cherry tree is small, with a bitter taste and a drier pulp. Those last two qualities make Marasca cherries ideal for creating fine cherry liqueur. By definition, true Maraschino liqueur is supposed to be made only from Marasca cherries. The Marasca cherry was also the original base cherry used to make Maraschino cherries.








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