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Visciola or amarena is a type of cherry closely related to prunus cerasus (aka sour, tart or wild cherry) that you can find everywhere in Italy. Both the tree and the fruit are smaller than the sweet cherry tree, and its crimson-to-near-black cherries are pleasently acidic: tart and bitter when crimson, sweeter and juicy when ripe and dark. When you preserve them in sugar, the syrup can be used to pour over cakes and ice cream, topped by some candied amarene. Some people preserve them in alchool to make special liqueurs, others use them to make delicious jams.

They were known to the Greeks in 300 BC. They were also extremely popular with the Persians and the Romans:  legend says that roman general Lucius Licinius Lucullus – so well known for his banqueting that the word lucullan now means lavish, luxurious and gourmet – brought some trees back from Cerasus (today Giresun) circa 65 b.C. and planted them in his famous gardens. They became so popular, they were planted all around the Roman Empire, even in cold Britain, before the 1st century AD.

There are many types of sour cherries in the United States but they are not visciole, they need specific terrains and attentions. The Visciolo or Amareno tree is self-fertile, it adapts to different climates, and it does not need too much attention. You can often find it in its wild form whenever you visit the Italian countryside.

Amarene are a healthy snack: rich of vitamins C and B, they are also useful in alleviating sleep problems due to their high melatonin content.