Italian Wild Cherries in Sauce

Posted on September 19, 2013. Filed under: Food Made Simple, Italy, Travel | Tags: , , , |

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This is a sad and a happy tale.  Just back from my trip to Europe with my favorite kinds of souvenirs:  local foods.  The sad tale is that I bought a jar of these beauties, the Amarena wild cherry of Bologna, Italy, a few years ago in a little Italian food shop in San Francisco not realizing that it would be viewed as a dreaded “liquid” by the TSA which promptly confiscated it.  I was hopping mad, but alas, there was nothing to be done about it.  My checked bag was already on its way to being loaded and we needed to board the plane soon anyway.  I vowed, however, to get some of these the next time I could, having read about how luscious they are in a food magazine.

Fast forward to the last two weeks I spent primarily in Italy:  while visiting a food shop I spied these on the shelf!  It’s a huge jar at 2 lb. 10 oz. and only about $20 so I grabbed it.  This time it traveled home in my checked bag and I’ve been enjoying a drizzle of the sauce with a few of the gem-like cherries on chocolate ice cream in the evening.  Wow.  It was worth the wait!  I see online sellers have these now and I will probably be ordering more of these after they run out and before my next trip to Italy.

I’m all for the local food souvenir.  First, it is fascinating to poke around in foreign food shops.  Second, do I really need another sweater, hat, necklace, knickknack, etc. ad nauseum?  How about tasting the tastes of the country you were in after you get back home?  Talk about extending the life of the vacation!

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