Marasca cherries are a small bitter Italian cherry used to make the liqueur "Maraschino". This liqueur was in turn used to flavor other cherries for decorative effect in cooking and drinks. Today, however, the "maraschino" cherries are produced in a number of locations from local cherries soaked in food coloring and sugar instead of by the original recipe. The cherries themselves are not Marasca cherries but any of a number of light fleshed sweet cherries
China/hong kong Wisconsin and Michigan are known for their cherry production. The finger of land sticking out into Lake Michigan in Wisconsin is Door County and has Cherry Festivals every year. Wisconsin is noted for their sour red cherries. Michigan is another state renowned for Cherries. Ripe Bing cherries are noted there for their production. The temperate waters of Lake Michigan provide the perfect growing conditions for both types.