Category: Family and Home > Food and Cooking
Asked by: sbbrown-ga
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26 Aug 2002 18:05 PDT
Expires: 25 Sep 2002 18:05 PDT
Question ID: 58852
What exactly are Bordeaux Cherries, and what products can I find them in, or can I even find the directly, to puchase on the internet?
Re: Bordeaux Cherries
Answered By: digsalot-ga on 26 Aug 2002 19:37 PDT
Bordeaux cherries, just as Maraschino cherries, are cherries which have been treated to provide a specific taste and look. They are made with dark cherries, corn syrup, flavorings, and food color, along with preservatives and other additives which vary with the manufacturer. They are used as a flavoring ingredient in items ranging from ice cream to Black Forest Cake, and I love them all. The name Bordeaux cherry and Burgundy cherry are often interchangable depending on which appeals to the customer most in the ice cream and dessert market. A source of information and contact to purchase may be found here: ( http://www.paradigm-web.net/ocg/home.html ) - This is the home page of the Oregon Cherry Growers Cooperative. Click on "products" then on the "ingredient" image to learn a little more about them. While they do not have an online catalog, they could perhaps point you to where you can buy them or maybe sell to you directly. While I can find sources for Maraschino cherries which can be purchased in small containers, such as already in your market, the online sources for Bordeaux cherries are in large container 'lots' for the commercial dairy and baking industry. If I can clarify any of the above, please let me know. Cheers digsalot
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Re: Bordeaux Cherries
From: authorshelper-ga on 26 Aug 2002 22:48 PDT
Well, what do you know... I live in the Cherry Capital of Oregon (our public transportation system is even called Cherriots), and about 5 miles from a major cherry processing plant. As far as I know, this plant only produces maraschino cherries, but if I get a chance this week I'll call over and see what their office staff have to say about these Bordeaux delicacies. Here's the local popular wisdom about cherry processing: The cherries used for maraschinos are called Royal Annes. These are beautiful cherries, pale yellow with a pink/red blush; they're probably the ones pictured on the Oregon Cherry Growers homepage, though those look "blushier" than I'm used to. The process for creating maraschinos removes every molecule of original flavor and color from the cherry, leaving a blank canvas, if you will, that accepts new flavors and colors while maintaining very close to the original texture and form. I'm interested now in finding out if the popular wisdom is correct! Since digsalot has found that Bordeaux are made from dark cherries, I bet they use something like the Van variety, and instead of bleaching them to death they simply marinate them, if you will, in big vats, until they are infused with the additional flavor, and richer than ever. On the other hand, the tendency of dark cherries to turn brown upon processing, may require that the dark cherries also be bleached, in which case all the color and flavor of the Bordeaux would be "added back." I'll let you know if I learn anything specific; it seems possible that local specialty "gift foods" retailers would have these in jars. And digs...I think we're all interested in that cake recipe! Think I could use fresh cherries? AH
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