Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Neon Red Maraschino Cherries Lousy for Bees, as Well as Cocktails

And you thought the conventional, neon-red, Maraschino cherries found in grocery stores were lousy in cocktails. Look what they're doing to bees!

New reports recently discovered the mystery behind the red bees of Red Hook. Brooklyn beekeeper was perplexed that his buzzers kept returning to the hive a vibrant shade of ruby. He investigated and discovered they had found the syrupy sweet nectar manufactured at Dell's Maraschino Cherries Company on Dikeman Street and had sucked up their fill. They then return to their homes and make bright red honey that is loaded with Red Dye No. 40.

Dell's, which has been around since 1948 and is family owned, is annoyed by the bees, and is busy searching for a solution to the problem. The company makes cherries, only cherries. Too bad they don't make good ones, or even dye-free ones.

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