visciole Le Marche
Visciole are a wild variety of sour cherries that grow here in Northern Le Marche. They are becoming quite rare since, even in this region, where agriculture is still quite traditional, farmers tend to cut every wild plant to leave space for the cultivated varieties. Nevertheless we have quite a few visciole trees at Valle Nuova so we massively use them for preserving: jam, juice, wine and a traditional recipe of just plain visciole and sugar.

To prepare this amazing syrupy preserve fill a jar with sour-cherries leaving some space between the visciole and the ridge, top it up with sugar, covering throughly. Close the jar and let sit in the sun for a couple of months shaking (during the hottest hours) during the first days to dissolve the sugar.
Serve with Panna Cotta!