Amarene (sour cherries), referred to as visciole in the municipiality of Cantiano, are known here as the dark red Morello cherries. These wild cherries grow on trees smaller than those of regular cherries. The fruit itself is small and crimson-to-near-black in color.
After pitting the small stone from the fruit, the pulp is set to drain overnight. The resulting juice found the following day is blended with sugar and reduced until thick. Once the syrup is cooled down, the pulp is mixed in with a special blend of spices, brought to a simmer, and jarred immediately while still hot. A short pasteurization takes place, and then the jars are placed in a cool storage room for two months for the flavors to macerate prior to distribution.
Mix in fruit salads or use as a topping for ice cream, panna cotta or your favorite desserts.