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Glacé cherry

Cherries preserved by impregnation with a concentrated sugar syrup. This is a very labour intensive process.

Apt in the French region of Lubéron, Provence; has been the world capital of all glacé fruit for centuries; and preserved fruits of this type was famous as early as 1365, when a present of them was given to Pope Urban V, on a visit from his palace in nearby Avignon.

A particular type of red cherry is used, called the Napoleon - one of its many advantages is that the stone is not firmly attached to the fruit, so comes away cleanly.

Until the 19th century, cherries were stored in a room filled with sulphur powder, which kept them in good condition for a few days - but modern techniques can now keep them fresh for several months, so that the difficult production methods can be applied over time.

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