Compared to other cherries, the fruit of the Marasca cherry tree is small. with Anthocyanins accounting for its dark, near black colour. Its bitter taste and drier pulp make Marasca cherries ideal for creating fine cherry liqueur. By definition, true Maraschinoliqueur is supposed to be made only from Marasca cherries. The Marasca cherry was also the original base cherry used to make Maraschino cherries.
^Noted as feral (Verwildert) around Cattaro (Kotor) Dalmatia, in C. Studniczka, Beiträge zur Flora von Süddalmatien 1890:75.
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^Branka Levaj, Verica Dragović-Uzelac, Sandra Pedisić, Dubravka Škevin, "Effect of maturity and geographical region on Aathocyanin content of sour cherries (Prunus cerasus var. marasca), Food Technology & Biotechnology, January 2010 [(on-line abstract ]