Probably one of the most loved fruits of poets, painters and photographers. Wild cherries are native to Western Asia. Iranian sour cherries are renowned for their flavor and aroma, Cherries have been used in cooking both sweet and savory as they are very versatile.
In Eastern Europe Cherries are made into a soup, In France and Germany they are known for their sweetness. The famous Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte (black forest cake) and the white spirit Kirsch is made from the black Morello cherries.
Another famous variety of cherry is the Maraschino, which are bleached and colored red and green and used as glazed cherries on cakes. They are also made into Maraschino liqueur with their pits crushed to reveal an almond like aroma.
Cherries belong to the Prunus genus which belong to the same family of fruits such as almonds, plums, peaches and apricots.They are in season from late spring to mid summer and preserve well as marmalade, jam, pickles or steeped whole in alcohol.