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Thinking back, more years than I really hate to remember, there was always a Fruit Cake in our, or my grandmothers home. Imbedded into the fruitcake was Paradise Green Candied Cherries–also known as Glace Green Cherries–have been a part of candied fruit recipes for generations. Green candied cherries are sweet and chewy, and complement red candied cherries in a variety of recipes, making for a more colorful and tasty baked treat. I detested those colored cherries as well as the red, orange and blue ones also. When you come right down to it, I detested Fruitcake, especially back in my single did-get days. I’d be right to say I detested Fruitcake in my teens also.

Citron is and has been used in fruitcakes forever. Perhaps as a youngster, now there’s a word you don’t hear much these days, I wasn’t a fan of Citron, but I’ve come to learn there are some real health benefits from eating Citron.

Let me jump forward sixty-plus years, actually one year shy of age eighty, and my ability to enjoy Fruitcake today. For the past four years I’ve enjoyed the Abby of Getheehsemani’s prize-winning 2 1/2 lb Kentucky Bourbon Fruitcake. The Abbey is a monastery in the Order of the Cistercians of the Strict Observance (OCSO), part of the body of the Roman Catholic Church. Nothing during the month of December brings more enjoyment in the mornings than a piece of the Monks Fruitcake and a nice hot cup of Pete’s dark roast coffee.

Should you try it, you will not be dissapointed.

Happy Cristmas to all 3 weeks early.


  1. Paula says:

    Guess I ‘ll get older & gain appreciation for zFRUITCAKES

  2. jandick5 says:

    Well my friend shy of 80, As you older mentor of 3 weeks shy of 82 I am constrained to inform you that I love fruitcake! 🤣 Just spit out those cherries 🤟❤️🤣

  3. shoreacres says:

    I never could develop an appreciation for fruitcakes, but it sounds as though this one might bear a resemblance to a fruitcake cookie that became my substitute. It’s red and green cherries, citron, pecan halves, and bourbon infused raisins held together by the very slightest batter. The batter has plenty of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove of course. It occurs to me I’d best start searching for the ingredients now!

  4. I always liked fruitcake, especially the kind I helped my mother make every Christmas.

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