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Jul 24, 2014 08:22 AM

Moldavian Cherry Preserves?

Last synner we were served and given some extraordinary cherry preserves from Moldavia by Baku Palace restaurant. The cherries are smaller than American Sour cherries or morellos and have an extraordinary spicy flavor (the restaurant served them with their tea service).

Anybody seen an item like this? Ive trolled a few of the Russian markets including Cherry Tree in Sheepshead bay right next to the restaurant but so far no luck.

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  1. Jen, I would guess the Romanian stores in Sunnyside *might* carry them, but Brighton Beach is a possibility too. Try Cherry Hill Market in Bath Beach if that's closer to you in Bklyn. Cherry Hill bakes a lot of things -- things that just might include those exact preserves in their recipes. HTH.

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    1. re: Cheese Boy

      I have had something similar in Romania, a sour/bitter cherry preserve. Since Moldova is closer culturally to Romanian than Russia, I would start there.

      1. re: Cheese Boy

        thanks to both for the Romanian suggestion!

        1. re: jen kalb

          It may not be an authentic version, but last summer I got a jar at Whole Foods. They were promoting it in the cheese department.

      2. Have you tried Eagle Provisions, Jen? They generally have everything from everywhere. In every flavor.

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        1. re: Amy Mintzer

          I thought of Eagle Provisions also - and also if you are in Astoria or at least on the N line Euro Market on 31st st right below 30th ave has an enormous variety of European pantry goods, packaged/canned/jarred. I would not recognize a Moldavian brand of anything if I were to see it - but I do think it's likely that if you can get it in the US at all you can get it at EuroMarket.

          1. re: ratgirlagogo

            Eagle doesnt carry them - I checked today. I was sad to read in a local newspaper that one of the brothers who own Eagle is trying to sell - though I understand why.

            1. re: jen kalb

              Oh no! That would be a huge loss.

              When you say "spicy," do you mean in the sense of seasoned with something? Or just a quality of the fruit itself? I'm curious.

              1. re: Amy Mintzer

                Indeed it makes me very sad, I have shopped there weekly since the mid-80s. Their range of selections is unmatched. They have been losing patronage steadily with the changes in the community - not enough business for two polish butchers (Jubilat still seems very busy) and changes in eating habits; with a new upscale grocery slated to open a block away, he may have just decided to cash out.

                What I mean is that the cherries seem to have a spicy flavor - maybe its more of the "almond" flavor like mahlab - in any event they are delicious.

        2. I have no idea if these are what you're looking for, but at brick oven bread on king's highway last year I bought a jar of georgian cherry preserves that turned out to be small sour cherries (with pits) suspended in a liquidy syrup. Though not useful for toast, the cherries were delicious and I ended up using them and the syrup in cocktails. They definitely had a sort of spicy flavor. Just finished the jar and recycled it, or I would post a pic here.

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          1. re: missmasala

            This sounds similar - what I am talking about is not jam like the restaurant served a small bowl with tea. Will check it out

          2. I'm late to the party, but maybe for next time... Shoprite has a selection of preserves and compotes in the International Foods aisle. I'm pretty sure I've seen Hungarian, Polish, and German. If you are in the area, you might want to check it out.