How to Make Maraschino Cherries Recipe

Home Made Maraschino Cherries

Learn the story and how to make this delicious and peculiar cherries.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: cherries, maraschino
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Resting time: 1 day
Total Time: 20 minutes
Calories: 9086kcal
Author: Nonna Box


  • 2 liters of water
  • 1 tablespoon pickling salt
  • 2 kg pitted sweet cherries
  • 2 kg sugar
  • 3 cups water
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 30 ml red food coloring
  • 30 almond extract


  • In a large pot boil water and salt, stirring until the salt is dissolved.
  • Allow to cool for 10 minutes – pour this over the pitted sweet cherries.
  • Cover and set aside 12 hours or overnight.
  • Drain cherries, discard the brine and rinse well in cold water.
  • Set aside.
  • In a medium-sized pot, mix the sugar, the lemon juice and the red food coloring together and just-just bring to a boil, stirring well to dissolve sugar.
  • Remember remove from heat as soon as the sugar is dissolved.
  • Pour over the cherries, cover, and let stand for 24 hours.
  • Drain cherries but reserve the juice.
  • Set cherries aside.
  • Bring the reserved juice to a boil again, remove from heat and stir in the almond extract that you pour over the cherries.
  • Pack the cherries and the juice in hot sterilized jars and seal well.


Serving: 20g | Calories: 9086kcal | Carbohydrates: 2323g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 160mg | Potassium: 4524mg | Fiber: 42g | Sugar: 2256g | Vitamin A: 1280IU | Vitamin C: 140mg | Calcium: 363mg | Iron: 8.2mg
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