glacé deer




We’ll have even less reason to go near the Christmas cake, if Elon from Austin, Texas is reporting truth:

Your exploration of glacé cherries on the show this past week reminded me of a tale I was told growing up in Michigan. Michigan, I believe, is the world’s largest producer of what we call maraschino cherries. Traverse City, in the north of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, is fond of touting itself the Cherry Capital of the World. H

The tale I was told is that when the farmers preserve the cherries they intend to sell to the maraschino cherry producers, they first dump their crop into large pools of chemicals for the winter. And since it doesn’t really matter what happens to the fruits due to the bleaching and candying process, these pools are often outside…essentially just big holes in the ground…which of course attract deer…which sometimes fall in…and get bleached and candied themselves.

The capper of this tale is the bit about how workers are hired in the spring of each year before the thaw completely sets in to fish out the candied deer carcasses and whatnot that falls in over the winter.

So answer me this please: is any of this true? Are health regulations in the US so poorly enforced that this could happen in this day and age? Yeesh!

Readers, if you have any inside knowledge on the candied deer phenomenon, reveal in the comments.

To me, it sounds like bulldeershit. People succeed in covering backyard swimming pools to stop crap falling in. If you had an open-air pool of fruit intended for human consumption, wouldn’t you at the very least put a net over it to catch the larger debris?

And if this is indeed how cherries are stored (rather than in, say, closed tanks), wouldn’t the Michigan climate keep them frozen for several months? Now a deer skating over a frozen pool of cherries, that I’d like to see.


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4 Responses to “glacé deer”

  1. gaijintendo Says:

    Talk to MIFACE, because the hand isn’t listening. Or better pun.

  2. Helen Zaltzman Says:

    A listener called Jason emailed us this story – DEAD HUMANS IN THE CHERRIES!

  3. Elon Says:

    Thanks for posting my story! Here’s a relevant article I just came across that might at least explain a (sadly) common environmental issue that might offer an explanation for the dead-deer / maraschino-cherries connection (see esp. subheading “dead deer smell”):

  4. Joe from Seattle Says:

    What makes you think that they candied deer are unintentional?

    The real trouble is that, like the cherries, deer also lose all of their natural color.

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